PEN Canada congratulates Alice Munro on winning the 2013 Nobel Prize for Literature for her “mastery of the contemporary short story,” becoming the thirteenth female and only the second Canadian-born writer to receive the award.
A past winner of the Man Booker International Prize and three-time winner of the Governor General’s Award for fiction, Munro told the Globe and Mail she is “particularly glad that winning this award will please so many Canadians. I’m happy, too, that this will bring more attention to Canadian writing.” PEN Canada shares this sentiment and hopes the award will inspire other Canadian writers to emulate Ms. Munro’s considerable accomplishments.
Munro headlined the PEN Canada benefit at the 2009 International Festival of Authors, with British editor Diana Athill, and has been a longstanding member and supporter of the Canadian PEN centre.
PEN Canada is the Canadian centre of PEN International, a community of writers that operates on all five continents with 144 centres in 102 countries. It is a forum where writers meet freely to discuss their work, and a voice speaking out of writers silenced in their own countries.