Today’s Nobel Prize In Literature Announcement

alice munroOne of the most prestigious literary awards in the world today announced this year’s recipient as Alice Munro, the first Canadian woman to have won the prize.

The Nobel Prize in Literature is awarded to “the most outstanding work in an ideal direction” and is the most unpredictable book prize, as no shortlist is seen until fifty years later when the nominations become publicly available at The Nomination Database.

The 87 year-old Munro specialises in short stories, and as such the Nobel Committee described her as a “master of the contemporary short story” on the announcement of her win.

Her most recent book was a collection of stories entitled Dear Life, in which she built a “radiant, indelible portrait of just how dangerous and strange ordinary life can be.” These themes are often seen as relatable to everyday people, although the short story genre has never become as popular as its novel counterpart.

nobelMunro is no stranger to winning prestigious awards, having also earned the Man Booker Prize in 2009 and many others since 1968.

The betting company Ladbrokes has wagered on the prize since 2005 and has a 50 per cent success rate, but they did not manage to be right for the fifth time this year as their bet was on Japanese author Haruki Marukami.

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One thought on “Today’s Nobel Prize In Literature Announcement

  1. Michael Cargill October 11, 2013 / 8:36 PM

    She’s 87…? That’s impressive.

    I reckon I’d be better than her on Twitter, though.

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