What would Key West be without Ernest Hemingway or Savanna, Georgia without William Faulkner? Alice Munro, our only Nobel Laureate, stayed at Mack Laing house in the winter of 1996. I recently read a bio and it said Alice Munro wintered in Comox, B.C. I have read all her books. I finally figured out my Ontario relative having pondered her novels. I had the pleasure of meeting her at a book signing at Clarion Books in Courtenay in 1996. She hated book signings having to listen to gushing enthusiasts such as myself nattering on about her novels and how much they meant to me.
I understand why the good burghers of Comox want to bulldoze Mack Laing house where Alice spent a winter writing her Nobel-winning books. The house is an old crock and would cost money to renovate. You could say that about our seniors: they are old crocks and are expensive to renovate. Look at our health-care costs! I’m rapidly becoming an old crock myself and I hope my kid doesn’t run a bulldozer over me!