Canadian author Alice Munro won the 2013 Nobel Prize In Literature on Thursday for “her finely tuned storytelling.”
The prize, awarded by the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences in Stockholm, is given to “the person who shall have produced in the field of literature the most outstanding work in an ideal direction.”
Munro, who is best known for her short stories, was hailed by the Academy as a “master of the contemporary story.”
Munro is the author of 14 story collections; her latest is “Dear Life,” which includes four autobiographical tales. Earlier this year, the 82-year-old writer announced plans to put down her pen and retire.
Munro is the 13th woman to receive the Nobel Prize for Literature and the 17th Nobel laureate born in Canada. She is also a three-time winner of Canada’s Governor General’s Award for fiction and the winner of the 2009 Man Booker International Prize.