|Alice Munro. Pic c/o AP|
Newly announced winner of Nobel Prize for Literature, Canadian short author, Alice Munro, 82, will not attend the award ceremony to receive her prize when the event holds on December 10.
The Swedish Academy cites “poor health”, and declines to mention Munro’s possible representative to receive the $1.2 million worth award on her behalf. Academy secretary, Peter Englund discloses that Munro had declined the invitation.
Truly a "master of the contemporary short story", Munro has published more than 12 titles in the last 40 years. Most of her themes focus lives of girls and women in farming communities of her home, southwestern Ontario, Canada.