Thursday, October 10, 2013 |
A "master of the contemporary short story."
That is how the Swedish Academy described Canadian writer Alice Munro, when they announced her as the recipient of the Nobel Prize in Literature Thursday morning.
This prestigious honour makes the 82-year-old Munro the first Canadian woman to receive the Nobel Prize in Literature, and only the 13th woman in the prize's 112 year history.
And what an an apt description it is. In a very rare interview, CBC's Heather Hiscox spoke to Munro over the phone shortly after the announcement. Munro said she was asleep when the news broke and was woken up by her daughter.
She said she had actually "forgotten all about [being in the running]" because "it seemed like one of those pipe dreams -- it might happen, but it probably wouldn't."
The author of many celebrated works, including Lives of Girls and Women and Runaway, now joins the ranks of T.S. Eliot, Pablo Neruda and Toni Morrison as winners of the award, which in 2012 was 8,000,000 Swedish krona (roughly $1.3 million Cdn).
Despite the historic accomplishment, Munro was modest when reflecting upon her career. "I was always thrilled at just whatever came along. If I got published, I was thrilled. I still am, in a way. It all still seems like a kind of miracle that you get your work, your thoughts, out to other people in a sufficient way for this to happen."
Look back on the work, the career, and the achievements of Alice Munro through the interviews and features below!
Here is a round-up of CBC's coverage of Alice Munro's win:
An encore presentation of Eleanor Wachtel's 2004 interview with Alice Munro
The Next Chapter presents an All Alice Munro Special
CBC News speaks to Writers & Company host Eleanor Wachtel about why Alice Munro is a "writer's writer."
Sunday Edition host Michael Enright pays tribute to Alice Munro in this essay.
Jian Ghomeshi, host of Q, dedicated his opening essay on Thursday to Alice Munro:
In the wake of the announcement, Jian gets reaction from The New Yorker's fiction editor Deborah Treisman and Canadian novelist and short story writer Joseph Boyden:
Metro Morning spoke to Douglas Gibson, Alice's long-time editor and friend:
Douglas also stopped by CBC News Network:
Rex Murphy offered a tribute to Munro on CBC News Network:
Noted author Alistair MacLeod spoke to Windsor Morning about Munro's big win:
Mary Brown, owner of a bookshop in Munro's hometown, spoke to Here & Now:
Margaret Atwood spoke to George Stroumboulopoulos about Alice Munro:
Vincent Lam, Anne Michaels, Joseph Boyden and Lisa Moore read their Alice Munro favourite passages for Day 6: