Current Issue Excerpts
From the Editor
In winning the Nobel Prize for Literature, Alice Munro has added another chapter to an artistic life that began in small-town Ontario, a place that has inspired her throughout her literary career. Reflecting on the awakening of creativity - and also on the crushing of dreams - Munro has touched the spirits and minds of people from Wingham, Ontario, to the other side of the globe. Her characters - especially the women - often struggle in the small spaces they are forced to inhabit, both literally and intellectually.
Even in a country as enormous, peaceful, and prosperous as Canada, many people find themselves yearning for sustenance - whether it be material, emotional, or cerebral. Alice Munro's stories have allowed us to share in the small passions and great boundaries that are such an ordinary yet powerful theme in our lives. Indeed, another gifted fiction writer expresses these realities in this issue of Queen's Quarterly. In the short story "Black and White," one of Murray Logan's characters recounts, "I play chess every night, and Shelly understands. Life isn't so bad ...