Penguin Random House Canada congratulates Alice Munro on her Nobel Prize for Literature

TORONTO, Oct. 10, 2013 /CNW/ - Penguin Random House Canada is thrilled and extremely honoured to announce that Alice Munro has won this year's Nobel Prize for Literature.

Upon receiving the news, Ms Munro said "I am amazed, and very grateful." She went on: "I'm particularly glad that winning this award will please so many Canadians. I'm happy, too, that this will bring more attention to Canadian writing."

This incredible recognition comes during a special year for Alice Munro. This spring, DEAR LIFE, her latest collection of short stories, published last fall by McClelland & Stewart, won The Trillium Book Award, and Alice Munro was honoured by the Canadian Booksellers Association with a CBA Libris Lifetime Achievement Award.

"We are overwhelmed with pride and excitement," says McClelland and Stewart Publisher Ellen Seligman.  "A momentous day for Canada and Canadian writing, and a thrilling honour in recognition of the extraordinary and enduring talent of Alice Munro, one of the great writers of our time."

Her long-time Canadian editor and friend, Doug Gibson, said: "Her lifetime of work has produced Canada's first Nobel Prize for Literature, and we should all celebrate."

DEAR LIFE is being published in paperback by Penguin Books Canada this week. Nicole Winstanley, President and Publisher of Penguin Books Canada said, "As her paperback publisher, we are proud and delighted Alice Munro has received this extraordinary honour, and is the first Canadian writer to win this award."

Penguin Random House Canada congratulates Alice Munro on this tremendous honour.

SOURCE: Random House of Canada Limited

For further information:

Tracey Turriff at tturriff@randomhouse.com or (416) 957-1568; or Shona Cook at scook@randomhouse.com or (416) 957-1576

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