Munro can’t travel to pick up her No­bel

Winnipeg Free Press - Section G - - ENTERTAINMENT -

STOCK­HOLM, Swe­den — The Swedish Academy says Canada’s Alice Munro won’t travel to Stock­holm to col­lect her No­bel Prize for Lit­er­a­ture be­cause of poor health. Academy sec­re­tary Peter Englund said in an email Fri­day that the 82-year-old writer had de­clined the in­vi­ta­tion, and that it’s not yet clear who will rep­re­sent her at the Dec. 10 award cer­e­mony. The academy an­nounced last week that Munro had won the $1.2 mil­lion prize for this year, and called her a “mas­ter of the con­tem­po­rary short story.” She is the 110th No­bel lau­re­ate in lit­er­a­ture and only the 13th woman to re­ceive the dis­tinc­tion. She’s also just the sec­ond Cana­dian-born au­thor to re­ceive the hon­our af­ter Saul Bel­low in 1976. Though he was born in La­chine, Que., he moved to Chicago at age eight. Munro has pub­lished more than a dozen col­lec­tions of short sto­ries since the 1960s, of­ten fo­cus­ing on the lives of girls and women from the towns and farm­ing com­mu­ni­ties in her home re­gion of south­west­ern On­tario.

CHRIS YOUNG / THE CANA­DIAN PRESS

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