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October 11, 2013

Canadian Alice Munro makes history with Nobel Prize win for literature


By Jared Bland and Sandra Martin

munro19rv1For the first time in history, the Nobel prize in literature has been awarded to a Canadian. Alice Munro, one of the world’s most respected and admired writers, was named this morning as the winner of the prize in an especially notable year: one in which she has announced her retirement.

Earlier this year the 82-year-old author of 14 books of short stories declared her intention to stop writing, stating that her most recent book, Dear Life, would be her last.

“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 “just terribly surprised.”

“I’m amazed and very grateful,” she said in a statement read by her longtime editor, Douglas Gibson, Thursday morning.

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