Alice Munro Unable to Attend Nobel Ceremony for Health Reasons
The Swedish Academy says Nobel literature prize winner Alice Munro will not travel to Stockholm to accept her award due to poor health.
Academy secretary Pete Englund said the 82-year-old Canadian writer had to decline the invitation. The Academy, which described Munro as a “master of the contemporary short story,” did not state who would accept the award on her behalf. The ceremony is still quite far away, as the date to issue the award is set for Dec. 10.
The Swedish Academy’s 18 members gather every year to choose the Nobel winner based on a review of their career works. The Noble Prize also comes with a monetary award of 8 million Swedish kronor, or approximately $1.2 million. Munro has published over a dozen collections of short stories since the 1960s, and she announced earlier this year that she will retire following the completion of her 14th and final compilation Dear Life.
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