Canadian writer Alice Munro received the 2013 Nobel Prize in Literature this Thursday, becoming the 13th woman to win the award, the New York Times reports.
Munro lives in the small Ontario town of Clinton. Her works primarily comprise collections of short stories that focus on the depth and difficulty of relationships, and have received widespread critical acclaim.
The Swedish Academy, which announced Munro as the recipient of the 2013 award, remarked that the 82-year-old writer is a “master of the contemporary short story.”
Munro found out that she’d received the award when the Swedish Academy left a message on her phone after unsuccessfully attempting to notify her, according to the Nobel Organization’s Twitter account.
She released a statement via her publisher Penguin Random House, remarking that she was “amazed and very grateful” at having won. She said she hoped that winning the award would draw more attention to Canadian writing, adding that she was “particularly glad that winning this award will please so many Canadians.”
Each year, the Swedish Academy’s 18 members gather in secrecy to discuss and choose the Nobel winner on the basis of his or her entire body of work. In addition to the title, the prize entails a monetary award of 8 million Swedish kronor, or approximately $1.2 million.
Munro announced earlier this year her plan to retire after completing Dear Life, her 14th collection of short stories.