Alice Munro ~ 2013 Nobel Prize winner for literature

Canadians are celebrating not only Thanksgiving this weekend (my favourite holiday!) but also this week’s exciting announcement that Alice Munro has been


named the winner of the 2013 Nobel Prize for literature.  Bravo!

Perhaps Canada’s best known author at this time, she has kept the bar raised on the art of short-story writing for several decades. The Clinton, Ontario, based writer is the 110th Nobel Laureate in literature but only the 13th woman to win the distinction and the first woman from Canada. We are proud!

No stranger to winning awards, her long list of achievements include:  the Man Booker International Prize (2009), two Scotiabank Giller Prizes (2004, 1998), three Governor General’s Literary Awards (1986,1978, 1968) The Commonwealth Writers’ Prize (2005), the Inaugural Marian Engel Award (1986), the American National Book Critics Circle Award (1998). Her last published collection, Dear Life in 2012, garnered her a third Trillium Book Award in June.

A strong role model and influence on many woman writers, this honour will only enhance that. If you haven’t read any of her work, I strongly urge you to do so.

Dance of the Happy Shades 1968

Lives of Girls and Women 1971

Something I’ve Been Meaning to Tell You 1974

Who Do You Think You Are? 1978

The Moons of Jupiter 1982

The Progress of Love 1986

Friend of my Youth 1990

Open Secrets: Stories 1994

The Love of a Good Woman 1998

Hateship, Friendship, Courtship, Loveship, Marriage 2001

No Love Lost 2003

Runaway 2004

The View from Castle Rock 2006

Carried Away: A Selection of Stories 2006

Too Much Happiness 2009

Dear Life 2012

Source: Alice Munro’s Official Facebook page

Wishing all Canadians a happy Thanksgiving!

My DH and I will be in the air all day tomorrow returning from our month in France. We’re thankful for the wonderful opportunities we have had here and look forward to catching up with our family and friends.  How will you spend this holiday weekend? 


Published by patriciasands

Patricia Sands lives in Toronto, Canada when she isn't somewhere else, particularly the south of France. With a happily blended family of seven adult children and, at last count, six grandchildren, life is full and time is short. Beginning with her first Kodak Brownie camera at the age of six, she has told stories all of her life through photography. Much to her surprise a few years ago, she began to write and has now published three novels, including two that are part of a six-book series set in the south of France. Love France? Love her work! Check out her website She is particularly drawn to the rewarding friendships of women and the challenges many embrace once their families are grown. "It's never too late to begin something new," she enthuses. "As the saying goes, just do it!"

20 thoughts on “Alice Munro ~ 2013 Nobel Prize winner for literature

  1. Even though I am not much of a book reader, I have been reading the New Yorker for almost 35 years and so I am very familiar with Alice Munro’s exquisitely crafted stories. I am so thrilled that she was awarded such prestigious recognition. I thought that your fellow Canadian, Sarah Polley, did a brilliant job adapting the Munro story, “The Bear Came Over the Mountain”, into the film, “Away From Her”.

    1. The New Yorker was way ahead of its time (no surprise there) and was publishing Munro’s stories long before the rest of the world took notice. I agree with your comment about the Polley adaptation. Touching movie … scary too …

  2. I first heard the name Alice Munro when I became fast friends with Sherry Isaac and learned she won The Alice Munro Short Story Award. Since then, I’ve come to realize how distinguished the award is. I’ve read Sherry’s short stories and understand why she earned the honor.

    It’s time I romped about in the works of Alice Munro’s own inspiring talent. KUDOS to Ms. Munro!

    Safe travels, Patricia.

    Thanksgiving? Already? Send turkey! Send stuffing!

    1. Did the turkey/stuffing package arrive or did the US postal service claim it for their own? It’s SO cool that Sherry was the winner of the Munro award and, as you say, rightly so! She has the gift.

  3. As a Canadian woman writer, I am so proud. I fell in love with Alice Munro’s work after reading Lives of Girls and Women. Wishing you a safe trip back home in time to celebrate Thanksgiving. I will be spending time with my lovely daughter on Gabriola Island. There is so much to be thankful for.

    1. It was lovely to share in that good news, wasn’t it? I’m saddened her health is a problem and thankful she was here to be recognized. I imagine your Thanksgiving was lovely indeed. We are blessed.

  4. Happy Thanksgiving,Patricia! And congratulations to Ms. Munro!
    I have heard her name but knew nothing about her or her books. I’m going to rectify that and check out her stories.

  5. Congrats to this amazing writer. She is major league for sure! I have seen some of her writings in the New Yorker as we used to subscribe to it.

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