On Thursday in Stockholm the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences announced that Canadian author Alice Munro has been awarded the 2013 Nobel Prize in Literature, calling her “master of the contemporary short story.”
Born in Wingham, Ontario in 1931, Munro did not publish her first book, “Dance of the Happy Shades and Other Stories” until age 37 in 1968. Her most recent collection, published in 2012, is “Dear Life.” Among her many works, other published works include “The View from Castle Rock,” “Who Do You Think You Are?” and “The Moons of Jupiter.”
According to her bio-bibliography on the Nobel.org website,
Munro is acclaimed for her finely tuned storytelling, which is characterized by clarity and psychological realism. Some critics consider her a Canadian Chekhov. Her stories are often set in small town environments, where the struggle for a socially acceptable existence often results in strained relationships and moral conflicts – problems that stem from generational differences and colliding life ambitions. Her texts often feature depictions of everyday but decisive events, epiphanies of a kind, that illuminate the surrounding story and let existential questions appear in a flash of lightning.
Alice Munro presently lives in Clinton, Ontario Province in Canada.
The winner of the Nobel Peace Prize will be announced on Friday and the winner of the Nobel Prize in Economics will be announced on Monday. The prizes, except for the peace prize, will be awarded on Dec. 10, 2013 in Stockholm. The peace prize will be awarded on Dec. 10, 2013 in Oslo, Norway.
On Monday James Rothman, Randy Schekman and Thomas Südhof, were awarded the 2013 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for their roles in unmasking the method and timing by which cells bundle and transport materials needed.
On Tuesday Peter Higgs and François Englert were awarded the 2013 Nobel Prize in Physics for their independently derived theory explaining the existence of mass in the Universe which also predicts the existence of the Higgs boson in the Standard Model of particle physics.
On Wednesday the 2013 Nobel Prize in Chemistry was awarded to Martin Karplus, Michael Levitt and Arieh Warshel for their pioneering work in into complex chemical system modeling.
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