Short story aficionado Alice Munro was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature early this morning, and the reaction was a mix of excitement, Canadian pride, and confusion from fans of scorned author Philip Roth.
Margaret Atwood, the Canadian novelist and friend of Munro, tweeted her utter joy:
Hooray! Alice Munro wins 2013 Nobel Prize in Literature http://t.co/jKISiWzh8i— Margaret E. Atwood (@MargaretAtwood) October 10, 2013
Slate contributor Jessica Grose noted her inspiration:
Alice Munro is my hero. She wrote when her kids napped. Inspires one to find the time to be 1% as brilliant: http://t.co/TtkF3oMLp0— Jessica Grose (@JessGrose) October 10, 2013
Freelance literature writer Michelle Dean was ecstatic:
Okay I will stop. but Alice Munro, you guys! No writer in English more deserving IMHO.— Michelle Dean (@michelledean) October 10, 2013
Boston Globe contributor and freelancer Ruth Graham showed off her nice little stitching of Munro's portrait:
Here's a cross-stitch portrait I made this summer of new Nobel Prize winner Alice Munro! pic.twitter.com/eG7CU2U1xe— Ruth Graham (@publicroad) October 10, 2013
Dave Atkinson made us want to climb in bed and read Munro:
When I finish an Alice Munro book, I think "hot damn! Another!" Then I read two more stories, and I curl up in a ball, crippled by feelings.— Dave Atkinson (@davyay) October 10, 2013
Canadians felt quite strongly about one of their kind winning, as Dean proudly tweeted:
Just want to mention that Alice Munro is CANADIAN and she belongs to us.— Michelle Dean (@michelledean) October 10, 2013
Canada's oldest independent publisher talked the Mounties, too:
I think that every Canadian author today feels the effects of second-hand coolness.— Goose Lane Editions (@goose_lane) October 10, 2013
As well as Canadian freelance journalist Ryan Van Horne, who joked at the expense of the boorish David Gilmour.
Every Canadian is happy and proud of Alice Munro's Nobel Prize win - except for David Gilmour - who probably kicked his dog this morning.— Ryan Van Horne (@RyanVanHorne) October 10, 2013
Why not Philip Roth?
Longtime favorite Philip Roth failed to win the Nobel Prize again, a note that Bloomberg View's Jeffrey Goldberg wants explained.
Can someone explain, please, why Philip Roth is passed over year after year?— Jeffrey Goldberg (@JeffreyGoldberg) October 10, 2013
Mike Riggs of The Atlantic Cities made Roth his own award:
Being the writer who everyone thinks will win but never does is its own award. Congratulations to Philip Roth on winning it yet again.— Mike Riggs (@MikeRiggs) October 10, 2013
Humor about how she heard the news:
Where was Munro? Atwood wanted to know.
Okay,everyone's calling Me to get me to write about Alice! (Alice, come out from behind the tool shed and pick up the phone.) #AliceMunro— Margaret E. Atwood (@MargaretAtwood) October 10, 2013
Lit-interested student Simon Collinson took to some humor:
"What's this? An early morning Swedish telemarketer?" REJECT CALL. #NobelPrize— Simon Collinson (@Simon_Collinson) October 10, 2013
CBC World Report finally spoke to Munro about how she finally heard about the news:
How #Munro found out. Phone call from daughter: "Mom, you won!"— CBC World Report (@CBCWorldReport) October 10, 2013
And Megan Garber at The Atlantic noted Munro will have a great story to tell:
Alice Munro, either through the worst timing or the best, now has a fantastic story to tell. The newest winner of the Noble Prize in Literature doesn't have to recall the moment of her win. She can replay it for herself, over and over, as many times as she wants.
Understand all of the reactions now? If not, Los Angeles Times book editor Joy Press can fully summarize it:
The many niches cheering for Munro win: short story writers, Canadians, women, writers over 80, people who don't like Philip Roth.— Joy Press (@Joypress) October 10, 2013