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The Nobel Prize for Literature 2013


The Nobel Prize for Literature 2013

Since 1901, the Nobel Prize for Literature has annually honored writers who have produced "the most outstanding work in an ideal direction," in genres ranging from poetry, novels and short stories, to essays, speeches and plays. On October 10, 2013, the Swedish Academy awarded their 106th prize to Canadian author Alice Munro, “a master of the contemporary short story.” Munro is known for her many short-story collections, such as RUNAWAY, THE VIEW FROM CASTLE ROCK and TOO MUCH HAPPINESS, as well as her novel LIVES OF GIRLS AND WOMEN.

In a statement, Munro said, “This is so surprising and wonderful. I am dazed by all the attention and affection that has been coming my way this morning.  It is such an honour to receive this wonderful recognition from the Nobel Committee and I send them my thanks.

When I began writing there was a very small community of Canadian writers and little attention was paid by the world. Now Canadian writers are read, admired and respected around the globe.  I’m so thrilled to be chosen as this year’s Nobel Prize for Literature recipient. I hope it fosters further interest in all Canadian writers. I also hope that this brings further recognition to the short story form."

For more information about the Nobel Prize for Literature, or for details about past recipients, please click here.