Alice Munro is the 2013 winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature. She beat out the favored nominee, Japanese author Haruki Murakami.
Alice Ann Munro is a Canadian short-story writer who is widely considered one of the world's premier fiction writers. Munro is a three-time winner of Canada's Governor General's Award for fiction. Her stories focus on human relationships looked at through the lens of daily life. She has thus been referred to as "the Canadian Chekhov."
She was born in 1931 in Canada. Raised in Ontario, where many of her stories take place, Munro was a housewife for many years before gaining international attention for her first collection of stories, 1968's Dance of the Happy Shades. Her other books of stories include Who Do You Think You Are? (1978, also known as The Beggar Maid), The Moons of Jupiter (1982) and The Love of a Good Woman (1993). In 2006 she announced her retirement from writing and published two books, Carried Away: A Selection of Stories and The View from Castle Rock.
She has published eleven books. During her distinguished career she has been the recipient of many awards and prizes, including the W.H. Smith Prize, the National Book Circle Critics Award, the PEN/Malamud Award for Excellence in Short Fiction, the Lannan Literary Award, the Commonwealth Writers' Prize, and the Rea Award for the Short Story. In Canada, she has won the Governor General's Award, plus the Giller Prize, the Trillium Book Award, and the Libris Award. Alice Munro and her husband divide their time between Clinton, Ontario, and Comox, British Columbia.
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