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Alice Munro ‘terribly surprised’ to win Nobel Prize for literature

“I knew I was in the running, yes, but I never thought I would win,” Alice Munro said this morning.

Canadian author Alice Munro, 82, is the first Canadian-based writer to win the Nobel Prize for literature. Upon hearing the news, a "delighted” Munro says she knew she was in the running for the prize, but never thought she’d win.

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Decorated Canadian author Alice Munro says she never thought she would win the Nobel Prize for Literature, but calls being the first Canadian-based writer to secure the honour “quite wonderful.”

The 82-year-old writer was named today as the 110th Nobel laureate in literature and the only the 13th woman to receive the distinction.

“I knew I was in the running, yes, but I never thought I would win,” Munro said by telephone when contacted by The Canadian Press in Victoria.

She added that she was delighted and “just terribly surprised.”

An official at The Swedish Academy, which selects Nobel literature winners, called Munro a “master of the contemporary short story” when her name was announced and greeted with applause from a packed room.

Douglas Gibson, her publisher for 30 years, expressed his “sheer delight” at her win on CBC radio Thursday morning.

He also read a quote a statement from Munro, saying: “I’m amazed and very grateful. I’m particularly glad that winning this award will please so many Canadians” and draw attention to Canadian literature. The 82-year-old becomes the first Canadian-based writer to secure the honour. She is actually the second Canadian-born writer to win. In 1976 Saul Bellow, who was born in Lachine, Que., but moved to the U.S. when he was nine — and is best known as an American author — won the Nobel Prize.


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Considered one of the world’s greatest living writers of short stories, Munro last published collection was 2012’s Dear Life, which 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.

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Canadian writer Alice Munro has won this year’s Nobel Prize in literature. She is being called the ‘Master of the contemporary short story.’ (Oct. 10)

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She had been considered a perennial contender for the Nobel Prize in literature, with British-based betting company Ladbrokes positioning her as the second-most likely recipient this year behind Japanese master Haruki Murakami.

Among Munro’s celebrated works are her 1968 debut Dance of the Happy Shades, 1986’s The Progress of Love, 2004’s Runaway and 1978’s Who Do You Think You Are?

Past winners include such luminaries as George Bernard Shaw, Ernest Hemingway, Herman Hesse, T.S. Eliot and Toni Morrison, with the last three prizes being awarded to Chinese writer Mo Yan, Sweden’s Tomas Tranströmer and Spanish scribe Mario Vargas Llosa.

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The award money fluctuates, but in 2012 the monetary value of the prize was 8,000,000 Swedish kronor (roughly C$1.3 million).

Born in 1931, in the southwestern Ontario farming community of Wingham, Munro later moved to Victoria, B.C., with her first husband, with whom she had three children.

The couple eventually divorced and Munro moved back to Ontario. She eventually remarried, to Gerald Fremlin.

Munro is beloved by readers around the world for her striking portraits of women living in small-town Ontario.

Her first collection of short stories, Dance of the Happy Shades (1968), won the Governor General’s Literary Award as did her 1978 collection Who Do You Think You Are?

She has won a slew of other awards, including two Giller prizes (in 1998 for The Love of a Good Woman and in 2004 for Runaway).

In 2009, when she won the prestigious Man Booker International Prize honouring her body of work, prize judge chair Jane Smiley noted that “the surface of Alice Munro’s works, its simplicity and quiet appearance, is a deceptive thing, that beneath that surface is a store of insight, a body of observation and a world of wisdom that is close to addictive.”

Munro’s most recent works include the 2009 short story collection entitled Too Much Happiness, which was nominated for the Governor General’s Literary Award and a Writers’ Trust Award, and 2012’s Dear Life.

Fellow short story writer Cynthia Ozick has called Munro “our Chekhov.”

The American novelist Jonathan Franzen has said she is the “remote provider of intensely pleasurable private experiences.”


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He has also said: “This is not a golfer on a practice tee. This is a gymnast in a plain black leotard, alone on a bare floor, outperforming all the novelists with their flashy costumes and whips and elephants and tigers.”

Munro has described what she aims for this way: “I want to tell a story, in the old-fashioned way — what happens to somebody — but I want that ‘what happens’ to be delivered with quite a bit of interruption, turnarounds, and strangeness. I want the reader to feel something is astonishing — not the ‘what happens’ but the way everything happens. These long short story fictions do that best, for me.”

Three years ago, in an interview at Toronto’s International Festival of Authors, Munro revealed she’d been through a battle with cancer but did not provide specifics.

Two weeks ago, the International Festival of Authors announced Munro was the recipient of their $10,000 Harbourfront Festival Prize. She has been invited to attend the event’s Tribute to Alice Munro, Nov. 2, but she has not confirmed her attendance yet, festival director Geoffrey Taylor told the Toronto Star on Wednesday.

The event, at which her award will be officially presented, includes a “who’s-who” of the literary community the IFOA says, including writers, colleagues and family members who will present readings of her work.

Taylor says Munro is “an ambassador (for Canada) on the world stage.” No matter what country he travels to for his job, he says, she is one of the few Canadian authors who is always known. “She’s part of the tapestry of Canadian writing. I can’t think of a landscape in Canadian literature without thinking of her.”

When she won the IFOA prize this year, she said: “I’m thrilled to be named this year’s winner . . . to be recognized in this way by (the festival) and to be counted amongst the prize’s accomplished recipients is truly an honour.”

The announcement of her award from the IFOA came on the heels of Munro, who is originally from Wingham, Ont., announcing she was giving up writing (though she has hinted at that before only to publish again).

The Toronto Star review of Dear Life described her stories as “evocative, so right with life and mood, that they speak broadly across borders.”

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3 Hours Ago

Wonder what David Gilmour is thinking.






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5 Hours Ago

Congratulations Alice. Such a humble lady with a magnificent gift for writing short stories.




6 Hours Ago

Excellent news! Congratulations, Alice Munro – bravo!




6 Hours Ago

Kudos to Alice Munro, "master of the contemporary short story” par excellence! Well deserved Nobel Prize!



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