Munro was shown to be very surprised after the media contacted her to tell her the news. The Swedish Royal Academy of Sciences had tried to contact her but failed and had to leave a phone message instead. The writer confessed forgetting that the results were being announced that day and that the time difference certainly did not help. Speaking to The Canadian Press, Munro admitted that even though she knew she was being considered for the award, she never thought she would win – she just thought about the possibility of winning a Nobel Prize as a dream that would never really come true.
The committee in charge of making a decision praised the Canadian’s “finely tuned storytelling,” as well as her deep characters and the psychological realism of her stories. Munro’s pieces are generally set in small towns and focused on the depiction of everyday life and human beings’ inner-most qualities. On her part, Munro hopes that the Prize will bring attention to short stories, which tend to be greatly ignored by the Swedish Royal Academy. The Nobel Prize will probably also draw international attention to Canadian literature.
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This 82-year old writer who lives in a town called Clinton, in Ontario, has won US$1.2 million and will be presented with the award on December, during a ceremony in Stockholm. Her career started even before she studied journalism and English at the University of Western Ontario, as she started writing at a very young age. At the beginning, she thought short stories were something she was working on until she had time to write a novel, but when she did find the time, she realized that short stories were actually her strength. Her most famous works include Who Do You Think You Are? (1978), Runaway (2004), The View from Castle Rock (2006) and Too Much Happiness (2009). Her books have sold more than a million copies in the United States alone.