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    Alice Munro Wins Literature Nobel

    FILE - This June 25, 2009 file photo shows Canadian Author Alice Munro at a press conference at Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland.  The 81-year-old Canadian author, widely regarded as one of the world’s greatest short story writers, told the National Post during a recent interview that she was “probably not going to write anymore.” Fiction editor Deborah Treisman of The New Yorker, where Munro has often been published, told The Associated Press on Thursday, June 20, 2013, that she has not received any new material since last year.  (AP Photo/Peter Morrison, file)

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    The Swedish Academy announced Thursday that Alice Munro, the Canadian author known for her short stories about life in southwestern Ontario, is the 2013 winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature. The 82-year-old author told Canadian press that she was delighted at the news, but also "terribly suprised." "I never thought I would win. At this moment, I can't believe it," she said. "But it's quite wonderful." Munro has published 13 short-story collections, including her debut, Dance of the Happy Shades (1968), which won her first Governor award, and The Progress of Love, which won the award exactly three decades later. Her final story collection, she said, was 2012's Dear Life, and she announced in June that she had retired from writing.

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