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Short story author Alice Munro one of 2013 Nobel Peace Prize Winners

Alice Munro at her home in Clinton, Ontario. Canadians expressed pride over her Nobel honor. (Courtesy of Ian Willms for The New York Times)

Alice Munro at her home in Clinton, Ontario. Canadians expressed pride over her Nobel honor. (Courtesy of Ian Willms for The New York Times)

Awards are nothing new for short story author Alice Munro, but with the announcement of the 2013 Nobel Peace Prize Winners, the Canadian short story writer of 14 collections adds yet another accolade to her resume. Writers and readers have sung Munro’s praises for years, and, in presenting the award, the Nobel Peace Prize committee proclaimed her the “master of the contemporary short story.” But why? What makes her work so special and deserving of such a high honor? Read more