Alice Munro, a “master of the contemporary short story,” has been awarded the 2013 Nobel Prize in literature.
The first Canadian to win, Munro told the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation:
I think my stories have gotten around quite remarkably for short stories, and I would really hope that this would make people see the short story as an important art, not just something that you played around with until you’d got a novel written.
Read the New Yorker fiction editor’s thoughts on working with her (or “feeling extraneous” as the case may be) here.
(In other almost-as-momentous Can-lit news, Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale opens as a ballet next week!)