Canadian Alice Munro wins Nobel Prize

munroAnnounced last week, Canadian and short story writer Alice Munro has been awarded the coveted 2013 Nobel Prize in Literature. Munro is only the 13th woman and first ever Canadian to win the prize since it was founded in 1901.

Alice Munro was born on the July 10th, 1931 in Wingham, Ontario. After finishing high school, she began studying journalism and English at the University of Western Ontario, but quit her studies when she got married in 1951. Along with her husband, she settled in Victoria, British Columbia, where the couple opened a bookstore. Munro started writing stories in her teens, but published her first book-length work in 1968. Munro is primarily known for her short stories and has published many collections over the years. She is acclaimed for her finely tuned storytelling and her stories are often set in small town environments. Alice Munro currently resides in Clinton, Ontario.*

For more information, check out these news stories related to Munro’s big win:
My own quiet tribute to Alice Munro – Toronto Star
Five books that paved Alice Munro’s path to the Nobel Prize – CTV News
Alice Munro: 5 interesting facts – CBC News
The quiet Canadian: How Alice Munro conquered the literary world – The Globe and Mail
Alice Munro wins Nobel Prize in literature, first Canada-based writer to win award – The National Post

Whether you’ve read many of her stories or haven’t read a single one, you may want to explore the vast Munro collection we have available at GPL:
Dear life (2012)
Too much happiness (2009)
Alice Munro’s best: Selected stories/My best stories (2008)
Away from her (2007)
The view from castle rock (2006)
Carried away: A selection of stories (2006)
Runaway (2004)
No love lost (2003)
Hateship, friendship, courtship, loveship, marriage: stories (2001)
The love of a good woman: stories (1998)
Selected Stories (1996)
Open secrets: stories (1994)
Friend of my youth: stories (1990)
The progress of love: stories (1986)
The moons of Jupiter: stories (1982)
Who do you think you are?: stories (1979)
The beggar maid: stories of Flo and Rose (1977)
Something I’ve been meaning to tell you: thirteen stories (1974)
The Lives of Girls and Women (1971)
Dance of the happy shades; stories (1968)

*Biographical information adapted from

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