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Silver collector coin honours literary icon Alice Munro's Nobel Prize win

VICTORIA - Canadian author Alice Munro's stature as a literary icon has been commemorated in a limited-edition silver coin from the Royal Canadian Mint that honours her 2013 Nobel Prize win. The $5 coin, unveiled Monday in Victoria, features an open book containing a passage from Munro's 2006 work "The View from Castle Rock." The outline of a woman emerges from a pen that is held to the page and a laurel branch, representing the Nobel Prize, is also featured.

Canadian writer Mavis Gallant dies at 91

Acclaimed short story writer Mavis Gallant died Tuesday morning at her Paris apartment, her publishers said. She was 91. "Without exaggeration she was one of the finest writers Canada has ever known," said her publisher Doug Pepper of McClelland & Stewart. "Witty, brave, honest, fiercely independent, Mavis was a stunning writer who transformed the short fiction form," he said.

Canadian writer Mavis Gallant dies at 91

Acclaimed short story writer Mavis Gallant died Tuesday morning at her Paris apartment, her publishers said. She was 91. "Without exaggeration she was one of the finest writers Canada has ever known," said her publisher Doug Pepper of McClelland & Stewart. "Witty, brave, honest, fiercely independent, Mavis was a stunning writer who transformed the short fiction form," he said.

Text of remarks at Alice Munro's Nobel Prize ceremony in Stockholm on Tuesday

Following are remarks made by Peter Englund, permanent secretary of the Swedish Academy, before the Nobel Prize in Literature was presented to Alice Munro's daughter Jenny in Stockholm on Tuesday. Munro herself was too unwell to travel to the event. ____

Alice Munro 'quite enjoying' Nobel Prize hoopla, says ex-husband

Alice Munro's ex-husband says the short story legend is "quite enjoying" the hoopla surrounding her Nobel Prize for literature. Jim Munro says the entire family is thrilled about the prestigious honour, which daughter Jenny will receive in Stockholm today on her mother's behalf. The 82-year-old short story legend is too frail to travel to the ceremony and is in Victoria at the home of her daughter Sheila. The king of Sweden will present the C$1.2 million prize to Jenny Munro at a lavish ceremony.

Roots in rural Ontario let Nobel-winner Alice Munro nurture urge to write

Short story author Alice Munro says growing up in rural Ontario grew her confidence during early days of writing, nurturing a gift that earned her worldwide acclaim and now a Nobel Prize. "I don't think I would have been nearly so brave as a writer if I had lived in a town and if I had gone to school with other people who were interested in the same things I was, and what we might call a higher cultural level," the 82-year-old wordsmith said in an interview with the Swedish Academy, which awarded her the Nobel literature honour.

Alice Munro's popularity as a Nobel laureate is 'remarkable,' says Academy

TORONTO - Canadian short story great Alice Munro may be too unwell to travel to Stockholm to receive her Nobel Prize in literature on Tuesday, but she's still making a big impact on the Swedish capital. Peter Englund, permanent secretary of the Swedish Academy, says there's usually "debate and a bit of griping" around their choice of literature laureate every year. But that hasn't happened with Munro. "The remarkable thing with this prize, and it stands out, is the popularity," he told The Canadian Press on Thursday in a telephone interview from Stockholm.

Ill health keeps Canadian author from Nobel ceremony: academy

STOCKHOLM (Reuters) - Canadian Nobel Prize winning author Alice Munro will be unable to attend the Stockholm awards ceremony in December because of ill health, the head of the Swedish Academy said on Friday. Short story writer Munro, 82, revealed in 2009 that she had undergone coronary bypass surgery and had had cancer treatment. She announced this year she had decided to retire from writing.

Short-story master Alice Munro declines invite to Nobel Prize ceremony in Sweden

STOCKHOLM - 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."

With Nobel, Canadian literature finds place in world

News that Alice Munro was awarded the 2013 Nobel Prize for Literature delighted Canada, where writers have for years felt underappreciated despite their contributions to world literature. Munro is arguably the first Canadian to receive the prize from Sweden's Nobel Academy -- Montreal-born Saul Bellow moved to Chicago at age nine and is identified as an American author. And, with typical modesty, she said on accepting the award Thursday that she felt pleased not just for herself, but for the shot in the arm that the award gives writers throughout her home country.
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