Nobel award ‘a splendid thing to happen,’ says Ontario author who last published 2012’s Dear Life
CBC News Posted: Oct 10, 2013 7:02 AM ET Last Updated: Oct 11, 2013 11:58 AM ET
Alice Munro wins the 2013 Nobel Prize in Literature, becoming the first Canadian woman to take the award since its launch in 1901.
Munro, 82, only the 13th woman given the award, was lauded by the Swedish Academy during the Nobel announcement in Stockholm as the “master of the contemporary short story.”
“We’re not saying just that she can say a lot in just 20 pages — more than an average novel writer can — but also that she can cover ground. She can have a single short story that covers decades, and it works,” said Peter Englund, permanent secretary of the Swedish Academy.
Reached in British Columbia by CBC News on Thursday morning, Munro said she always viewed her chances of winning the Nobel as “one of those pipe dreams” that “might happen, but it probably wouldn’t.”
Munro’s daughter woke her up to tell her the news.
“It’s the middle of the night here and I had forgotten about it all, of course,” she told the CBC’s Heather Hiscox early Thursday.
“It just seems impossible. A splendid thing to happen … More than I can say,” she said, overcome with emotion.