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We paused early today to sip a cup of tea to congratulate the prolific and distinguished short story writer, Alice Munro.

Alice Munro

A gin and tonic, or even some Prosecco, would have been in order, but the announcement came rather early in the day.

Alice Munro won the 2013 Nobel Prize in Literature.

The focus of Munro’s fiction is her native Southwestern, rural Ontario. Her short stories explore la condition humaine in all its guises in a most engaging manner and in a writing style that makes you beg for more.

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Ms. Munro’s writing has established her as “one of our greatest contemporary writers of fiction,” said a spokesperson for the Nobel Committee in Stockholm this morning. She is, “master of the modern short story”.

Alice Munro also received the 2009 Man Booker International Prize for her lifetime body of work. She is also a three-time winner of the Governor General’s Award for fiction.

Here is a partial transcript of the CBC announcement:

The 82-year-old Wingham, Ont., writer is the first Canadian woman to win a Nobel Prize for Literature, which the typically modest author called “quite wonderful” in a telephone interview shortly after the announcement.

She’s also just the second Canadian-born author to receive the honour after Saul Bellow in 1976. Though he was born in Lachine, Quebec, he moved to Chicago at age eight.

By contrast, Munro has stayed in Canada throughout her career, and is beloved for writing about its culture, landscape and small-town characters in a way that makes them feel universal.

A proud day for Canadian literature!