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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.

A list of short story collections by Alice Munro, whose daughter received the Nobel on her behalf Tuesday

Here is a list of short story collections by Alice Munro, whose daughter Jenny accepted the Nobel Prize for Literature on her mother's behalf Tuesday. Munro is the 13th female literature laureate in the 112-year history of the Nobel prizes and the first woman to receive the award since Herta Mueller in 2009. "Dance of the Happy Shades," 1968 "Lives of Girls and Women," 1971 "Something I've Been Meaning to Tell You," 1974 "Who Do You Think You Are?" 1978 ("The Beggar Maid" in U.S. editions) "The Moons of Jupiter," 1982 "The Progress of Love," 1986

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. ____

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.

'Frail' Munro won't attend Nobel prize ceremony

Alice Munro, 82, winner of the Nobel Literature Prize, will not be able to attend the prize ceremony in Stockholm in December, the permanent secretary of the Swedish Academy said Friday. "Her health is simply not good enough," Peter Englund wrote on his blog. "All parties - including Mrs Munro herself - regret this, but there is no way around this," he wrote. The Swedish Academy could not get hold of Munro before announcing the winner last Friday, but when Englund finally reached her several hours later, she indicated she probably would not be able to go.

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.

Munro's Books in Victoria, B.C., scene of Alice Munro celebration

VICTORIA - Alice Munro tried selling other people's books for years, but the deeper she dove into the book-selling business, the more she believed she could write her own stories. Munro's former husband, Jim Munro, said the author who won the Nobel Prize for literature on Thursday tried her best to be a businesswoman at the bookstore they launched in 1963, but she eventually quit selling and started writing — her true calling. In its announcement, the Swedish Academy lauded Ontario-born Munro, 82, as a "master of the contemporary short story."

Nobel win may boost sales of Alice Munro's books and send career in new phase

TORONTO - Alice Munro has long been considered among the elite of Canadian writers, but her elevation to the global list of Nobel laureates and the subsequent debut of two of her books on Amazon's bestseller list suggests her celebrated career is about to enter a new phase. Experts suggested Thursday that her Nobel Prize for literature may boost her own sales figures while simultaneously bolstering her home country's reputation for literary excellence.

World celebrates Munro, while humble author calls Nobel 'quite wonderful'

TORONTO - Book lovers around the globe celebrated Alice Munro's spare, elegant prose on Thursday when the Ontario-born author won the Nobel Prize for literature, but the reclusive short story writer was typically succinct and humble in her reaction to the honour, calling it "quite wonderful." "At this moment I can't believe it. It's really very wonderful," Munro told The Canadian Press in a telephone interview from Victoria just moments after the announcement was made in Stockholm. "I knew I was in the running, yes, but I never thought I would win."
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