Alice Munro's win for the Nobel Prize in Literature prompted Canadians to take to Twitter to celebrate one of the country's most legendary writers, only the 13th woman to receive the distinction.
Others on Twitter mocked writer and U of T instructor David Gilmour, who recently said he refuses to teach women authors to his literature students.
Somewhere in Canada right now, David Gilmour is sputtering, "But but but . . . Alice Munro is not a serious heterosexual guy!" #Nobel— BizarreVictoria (@Jurisfiction16) October 10, 2013
Reports from Toronto that David Gilmour spontaneously imploded seconds after the Nobel Prize went to Alice Munro: http://t.co/4nnU44TMsF— Gordon Darroch (@synthjock) October 10, 2013
Nobel officials initially had difficulty reaching the 82-year-old writer to give her the good news.
Anyone out there have a good number for Alice Munro? @Nobelprize_org trying to reach her. No big whoop, whenever.— Jake Tapper (@jaketapper) October 10, 2013
The Nobel people failed to reach Alice Munro. They left her a message. http://t.co/P0ttjywgUX— Michael Roston (@michaelroston) October 10, 2013
When later contacted by The Canadian Press at her home in Victoria, Munro said "I knew I was in the running, yes, but I never thought I would win."
Her fans were less surprised.
Alice Munro is my companion. She articulated things for me on love or having small children which I couldn't. This is what great writers do.— Rachel Heath (@rachelheath) October 10, 2013
Not sure any other writer has made me so sad in so few words. MT@nprbooks: Alice Munro Wins Nobel's Literature Prize http://t.co/ntMaRHSAn3— Kate O'Sullivan (@kosull) October 10, 2013
Protip: Read Alice Munro in the original Canadian.— Josh Greenman (@joshgreenman) October 10, 2013