10/10/2013 07:02 EDT | Updated 12/10/2013 05:12 EST

Alice Munro becomes 1st Canadian woman to win Nobel literature prize

Alice Munro wins the 2013 Nobel Prize for Literature, becoming the first Canadian woman to take the award since its launch in 1901.  

Munro, 82, only the 13th woman given the award, is considered one of the world's greatest writers of short stories. Her last series of stories is the 2012 collection Dear Life.

Munro, originally from Wingham in southwestern Ontario, has been called Canada's Chekhov. Similar to the work of the Russian short-story master, plot is usually secondary. Her stories revolve around small epiphanies encountered by her characters, often when current events illuminate something that happened in the past.

Munro's excellence has been recognized with numerous writing awards.

She won the Man International Booker Prize in 2009 for a body of work. She won the Giller Prize twice, for The Love of a Good Woman in 1998 and Runaway in 2004. She is a three-time winner of the Governor General's Literary Award, for Dance of the Happy Shades, Who Do You Think You Are and The Progress of Love (1986).

Her name has often been among those mentioned when the Nobel committee is considering the annual literature prize.

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