Announcing the award in Stockholm, the Swedish Academy said that Ms. Munro, who has written 14 story collections, was a “master of the contemporary short story.” She was the 13th woman to win the prize.
Ms. Munro, who lives in Clinton, a town in Ontario, eventually found out that she had won while visiting her daughter in Victoria, British Columbia, who woke her at 4 a.m. with the news. Sounding a bit groggy, and at times emotional, she spoke with the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation just a few minutes later by telephone.
“It just seems impossible,” she said. “It seems just so splendid a thing to happen, I can’t describe it. It’s more than I can say.”