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Novelist Annie Proulx Speaks About the ‘Happy Ending’ at National Book Award Ceremony

In the face of mighty world problems, novelist Annie Proulx says, “The happy ending still beckons, and it is in hope of grasping it that we still go on.” Powerful speech!

“At this year’s National Book Award, lifetime-achievement winner Annie Proulx gave a moving reminder to hope for happy endings, even though we live in Kafkaesque times.” ~ Quartz

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JoAnn Chateau

JoAnn Chateau likes progressive politics and loves the canines. She writes fiction about an alpha Bichon named Chester, and his friends–with a dash of humor and a dab of poli-sci. JoAnn worked professionally in the Psychology and Information Science fields. Retired now, she enjoys the creative life.


  1. Carl Kruse

    One of the best things I have heard and seen all year.

  2. Linda Mims

    So sad that a lot of my students don’t believe in happy endings because they haven’t experienced many. Thanks for this JoAnn!

    • JoAnn Chateau

      That speaks volumes, Linda. Everyone is touched by suffering, but when a careless society actually destroys the simple joys of life for so many people, it is pure evil. I am thinking of policies that create poverty, environmental destruction, war and genocide.

  3. Rosaliene Bacchus

    Loved that, JoAnn. If only our real lives could all have happy endings like the stories we tell ourselves.


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