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, is considered one of the world’s greatest writers of short stories.
Alice Munro is an inspiration. She was a late bloomer, but broken into the Canadian lit scene with a Governor-General’s award. When I was touring in the U.S. she was one Canadian author everyone knew about. I have studied her work, and at 82, she still inspires me. Her last collection of short stories, which came out about a year ago, was one of her best. I have never been so thrilled by a Nobel prize announcement!