EAST KINGSTON — We were excited to learn that Alice Monroe is the recipient of this year’s Nobel Prize in Literature. A Canadian author, Ms. Monroe’s short stories have been featured in many publications. A short story is a bit like a poem and Monroe’s work is to be savored. Some of her stories are inter-connected and read like a novel. All of her stories have a strong sense of place. Many of her stories are set in the small Canadian towns around Lake Huron. In some the characters venture into cities and twists of fate or actions not taken alter their lives. These are subtle pleasures to read and enjoy.
The short story writer must infuse her characters with life with just a few words. A sense of place must be built in paragraphs rather than pages. It is good to see the respect this art form is being given and readers may like to sample our Year’s Best Short Story Collections or sample authors like George Saunders, a MacArthur Fellow, who wrote the critically acclaimed, “Tenth of December” or take out “The Color Master” by Aimee Bender.
This fall new titles abound to suit every taste. I just put new books on the shelves by John Grisham, Jayne Anne Phillips, Robert B. Parker and Donna Tartt. I look forward to Amy Tan’s new novel that will be released in November.
So explore a new genre and enjoy some of the best new titles of the fall at the East Kingston Public Library.