10/10/2013 07:48 EDT | Updated 12/10/2013 05:12 EST

Alice Munro in her own words

Ontario author Alice Munro has been named the winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature.

Here are some quotes from the 82-year-old author:

- "I never have a problem with finding material. I wait for it to turn up, and it always turns up. It’s dealing with the material I’m inundated with that poses the problem."

- "A story is not like a road to follow … it's more like a house. You go inside and stay there for a while, wandering back and forth and settling where you like and discovering how the room and corridors relate to each other, how the world outside is altered by being viewed from these windows. And you, the visitor, the reader, are altered as well by being in this enclosed space, whether it is ample and easy or full of crooked turns, or sparsely or opulently furnished. You can go back again and again, and the house, the story, always contains more than you saw the last time. It also has a sturdy sense of itself of being built out of its own necessity, not just to shelter or beguile you."

- "I don't think of myself as notably modest.  [The Nobel Prize] could be a tremendous joke, but I don't think it is."

- “I can't play bridge. I don't play tennis. All those things that people learn, and I admire, there hasn't seemed time for. But what there is time for is looking out the window."

Sources: Paris Review, CBC interviews,