Thursday, October 10, 2013

Alice Munro wins the 2013 Nobel Prize in Literature

From: Hindustan Times
"Alice Munro wins the 2013 Nobel Prize in Literature, becoming the first Canadian woman to take the award since its launch in 1901.
     Munro, 82, only the 13th woman given the award, was lauded by the Swedish Academy during the Nobel announcement in Stockholm as the 'master of the contemporary short story.'
     'We're not saying just that she can say a lot in just 20 pages — more than an average novel writer can — but also that she can cover ground. She can have a single short story that covers decades, and it works,' said Peter Englund, permanent secretary of the Swedish Academy.
     Reached in British Columbia by CBC News on Thursday morning, Munro said she always viewed her chances of winning the Nobel as 'one of those pipe dreams' that 'might happen, but it probably wouldn't.' Alice Munro Munro's daughter woke her up to tell her the news. 'It's the middle of the night here and I had forgotten about it all, of course,' she told the CBC's Heather Hiscox early Thursday.
     Munro called the honour 'a splendid thing to happen.'
     Munro said her husband, Gerald Fremlin, a geographer/cartographer who died in April, would have been very happy, and that her previous husband, James Munro, with whom she has three children, and all her family were thrilled."
"Alice Munro near her home in Clinton, Ontario."
from: The New York Times

"Alice Munro, the renowned Canadian short-story writer whose visceral work explores the tangled relationships between men and women, small-town existence and the fallibility of memory, won the 2013 Nobel Prize in Literature on Thursday. Ms. Munro, 82, is the 13th woman to win the prize.
     Announcing the award in Stockholm, the Swedish Academy said that Ms. Munro was a 'master of the contemporary short story.'
     Ms. Munro, who lives in Clinton, a town in Ontario, told a writer from The Globe and Mail this year that she planned to retire after Dear Life, her 14th story collection.
     In a statement from Penguin Random House, her publisher, Ms. Munro said that she was 'amazed, and very grateful' for the prize."
— Julie Bosman, The New York Times
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