Friday, 11 October 2013

CULTURE MIX: Short-story legend Alice Munro nets 2013 Nobel Prize for Lit + TedEx Jamaica in the spotlight this weekend

GRAND DAME: Becoming arguably the most popular writer to win the prestigious award (worth an estimated $1.4 million), Alice Munro, the famed Canadian short-story writer has been awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature for 2013. Celebrated for her accessible and moving tales set mostly in small-town Canada, Munro is the 13th woman to win the Lit prize since the awards began in 1901. "This is so surprising and wonderful," Munro said in a statement Thursday. "I am dazed by all the attention and affection that has been coming my way. It is such an honour to receive this wonderful recognition from the Nobel Committee, and I send my thanks." In 2009, Munro won the Man Booker International Prize for her lifetime body of work, which comprises such bestsellers as Runaway and The Love of a Good Woman. She also is a three-time recipient of Canada's Governor General's Award for Fiction. FYI: the 2013 Nobel Peace Prize was awarded on Friday to the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, the first international treaty to outlaw an entire class of weapons. 

THE BIG IDEA: Under the theme "New Frontiers," TedEx Jamaica will be hosting its 4th Annual major expo this Saturday, October 12, at New Kingston's Courtleigh Auditorium, commencing at 10am. Promising to challenge patrons to step out from the usual pattern of daily life and engage with some of the path-breaking ideas that are shaping the world (and our place in it as Jamaicans), the day-long expo will feature appearances by Stanford Professor Patrice Burchat, former Washington Mayor Adrian Fenty and Jamaica's Joel Sadler, whose creation of an affordable prosthetics knee (the Jaipur Knee) won raves and was even hailed by TIME as one of the best inventions of 2009.

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