Miranda France

A Writer’s Roots

The View from Castle Rock

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Nearly twenty years ago, Alice Munro came to give a reading at the university where I was a student. I do not remember any visiting writer being greeted with less fanfare. Photocopied posters gave her a half-hearted welcome and she was not invited to speak in the evening, in a lecture theatre, but in a basement classroom, in late afternoon. All the same she set aside an hour to read from her collection The Progress of Love and I remember very well her level gaze and low voice, and the hypnotic state that seemed to envelop those present.

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