Munro, who lives in Clinton, Ontario, won for her overall work in short stories, not one particular story.
She is the first Canadian-born person to win the Nobel Prize for Literature since Saul Bellow in 1976 (Bellow spent his first 9 years in his native Quebec).
You might recognize Munro's name for her story, "The Bear Came over the Mountain" from the 2001 collection "Hateship, Friendship, Courtship, Loveship, Marriage." Munro's story was adapted by Sarah Polley for her directorial debut "Away From Her." Polley was nominated for an Academy Award for her adapted screenplay. Polley did win the Genie award for Best Adapted Screenplay.
The Swedish Academy praised Munro as a "master of the contemporary short story." Munro is the 13th woman to win the Nobel Prize for Literature.
Munro has also won the Man Booker International Prize and is a 3-time winner of Canada's Governor General's Award for fiction.
You may have also seen Munro's work in The New Yorker, Best American Short Stories, and the O. Henry Awards.
Munro's stories showcase her native Ontario, adding another Canadian dimension to her work.
At the time when Polley had finished the film, I thought it was cool that Polley had adapted a Canadian author. Little did I know at the time how good Munro is. But now the world can find out for themselves.
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