Oct 11, 2013

By Andy Johnson

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Winning the Nobel Prize for Literature not only carries a $1.2 million cash prize, but will also likely make Alice Munro a lot wealthier. Since word broke Thursday that the 82-year-old Canadian author had won the prize, retailers have been stocking up on copies of her famed short story collections. Two of her titles, her latest collection entitled “Dear Life” and a compilation called “My Best Stories”, vaulted to Amazon’s top 20 sales list, just hours after news of the Nobel award was announced. Neither title had ever appeared among the retailer’s top-selling titles in the past. Other retailers plan to use Munro’s Nobel victory to try to bring her work to new audiences. Munro is the first Canadian-based author and the 13th woman to secure the prestigious honour being lauded by the Nobel selection committee as “master of the contemporary short story.”

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