October 12, 2013
October 12, 2013
This post was contributed by Kelsey Mullen, The Mount’s education and public programs coordinator.
This morning, the Swedish Academy announced Alice Munro as the 105th winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature! The renowned Canadian short-story writer is the first Canadian and 13th woman to win the prize, awarded each year to a writer for a lifetime’s body of work.
Munro was born in 1931, just a few years before Edith Wharton’s death in 1937, and is eighty-two years old. Much like Wharton’s short-stories, Munro’s stories focus much more on the emotional journeys of her characters than plot development and have been celebrated for displaying the emotional and literary depth of novels.
We here at The Mount have to believe that Edith Wharton, herself the first woman to receive the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 1921 for The Age of Innocence, would certainly approve of Munro’s remarkable career and this monumental achievement.
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After a whirlwind weekend that capped three festive weeks of literary happenings at The Mount, we’re still celebrating the success of our third WordFest! It rocked, even if we do say so ourselves.
This year’s festival drew more than 500 people for readings and other special events. Writers and poets shared their earnest voices, their personal stories, their creative achievements, and their humorous perspectives. Among the audience members, we saw familiar faces, new faces, laughing faces, and tear-stained faces. We welcomed tweens, teenagers, young adults, middle-age adults, and seniors, including a number of people well into their 80s. It was exactly the mix we’d hoped for!
In case you missed it, WordFest 2013 included:
The full-capacity audience adored Mark Strand, and for good reason. He managed to be both somber and playful, teasing us with gentle humor while sharing his reflections on loneliness, aging, and death. One of our favorites among the recited prose poems from Mr. Strand’s latest collection Almost Invisible is “Anywhere Could Be Somewhere,” which begins:
“I might have come from the high country, or maybe the low country, I don’t recall which. I might have come from the city, but what city in what country is beyond me. I might have come from the outskirts of a city from which others have come or maybe a city from which only I have come. Who’s to know?…”
We salute the writers, poets, students, audience members, and supporters who made it all possible. Thanks to all of you, we’re excited to do it again next year—with gusto!
Click here for an entertaining recap of the Literary Death Match event on Friday, September 20, including photos by Eric Korenman.
Photographer John Seakwood captured this year’s Amy Clampitt Memorial Reading with Mark Strand. Click here to take a look.
If you were a part of WordFest in any way, we’d love to get your feedback. Please comment below, or send a note to firstname.lastname@example.org. We’re already talking about the 2014 festival, so we’d love to get your input as we begin to shape our plans.
In the meantime, happy reading and writing!
The season of Downton Abbey anticipation is already upon us, first with the release of the Season 4 trailer at the end of August and now with this tantalizing tidbit: Virginia Woolf will be rubbing shoulders with the lords and ladies of Downton!
With the inclusion of the iconic writer (to be played by Christina Carty) in the otherwise fictional universe of Downton, we can’t help but wonder — will Edith Wharton ever make an appearance? Wharton, who permanently relocated to France in 1913, travelled Europe exhaustively during the 1920s and 30s, and had been for many years a frequent guest at Henry James’ Lamb House in Rye, England. It’s tempting to imagine Edith motoring the two hours to Highclere Castle/Downton Abbey to have tea with budding journalist Edith Crawley!
August 9, 2013