In the July/August issue, Q&Q looks ahead at fall’s most anticipated titles. Here are six highlights in fiction, non-fiction, and international titles.
SHORT FICTION: ALICE MUNRO AND MARGARET ATWOOD
When Alice Munro won last year’s Nobel Prize in Literature, speculation ran rampant that the honour might signal a reinvigoration of interest in the short-story form. Munro, after all, has written in no other genre (pace those who would suggest that Lives of Girls and Women and Who Do You Think You Are? constitute novels). And, she has received near universal acclaim for her work, from writers as diverse as Cynthia Ozick and Jonathan Franzen.
The long-overdue recognition of the Swedish Academy seems a perfect opportunity to revisit some of Munro’s best stories. Accordingly, McClelland & Stewart is bringing out a companion to the 1996 omnibus Selected Stories 1968–1994. The new volume, titled Family Furnishings: Selected Stories 1995–2014 ($29.95 cl., Nov.), looks back at the author’s extraordinary, almost expressionistic late period, including work from her two Scotiabank Giller Prize winners, The Love of a Good Woman and Runaway.
Maintaining the focus on short fiction, Munro’s contemporary (and another perennial Nobel candidate), Margaret Atwood is set to release her first collection since the 2006 bestseller Moral Disorder. Also forthcoming from M&S, Stone Mattress ($29.95 cl., Sept.) reunites readers with the characters from Atwood’s novel The Robber Bride. Elsewhere, the author introduces a woman who is mistaken for a vampire and a cold-case crime that finds its conclusion in the Arctic.