Time magazine named Canadian author Alice Munro among the world’s 100 most influential people of 2005. Her short stories have been compared with those of Chekhov. Diane invites listeners to take a look at nine of those stories in this month’s Readers’ Review.


  • Kate Lehrer author, most recently of "Confessions of a Bigamist."
  • Paul Frazer former Canadian diplomat, currently a consultant with the Livingston Group.
  • Deirdre Donahue book critic for "USA Today"

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