In the week before her 82nd birthday, short story writer Alice Munro has revealed “I’m probably not going to write any more” to a newspaper interviewer. For those of us who’ve studied Munro’s work and heard her hailed “our Chekhov”, this is indeed a sad day. “There will be no more books after Dear Life,” she has said, referencing her latest book of short stories, “Put your money on it.”
As one of the pioneers for a form that has only just begun to be taken seriously by the literary world, Munro has contributed enormously. For a more in depth look at her decision and the lead up to it, check out this article from The New York Times.