Oct 10, 2013
By Jane Brown
“It’s very wonderful and one of those pipe dreams.” This was the reaction of decorated Canadian author Alice Munro after she was awakened in Victoria, B.C. this morning with news that she is the winner of this year’s prestigious Nobel Prize in Literature. In making the announcement, The Swedish Academy called the 82 year old Munro a “master of the contemporary short story”. She was born in Wingham, Ontario and is the first Canadian based writer to ever win the honour. Considered one of the world’s greatest living writers of short stories, Munro last published the 2012 collection Dear Life. That book won the Ontario-born writer her third Trillium Book Award.
She has also previously won the Man Booker International Prize for her entire body of work, as well as two Scotiabank Giller Prizes, three Governor General’s Literary Awards, the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize, the inaugural Marian Engel Award and the American National Book Critics Circle Award.
Last year’s Nobel prize for literature went to Mo Yan of China.