As reported by the Hindu, when she was contacted by the The Canadian Press in Victoria, British Columbia, the 82 year old writer said, ?I knew I was in the running, yes, but I never thought I would win.?
The honour would also mean a lot for short stories, as a literary piece of work, for this art form is not always given the pedestal it deserves. Although, harder to construct, short stories lag behind in the long run. Now that Munroe has actually won an award for the same, more respect would come across for short stories.
Coming from a non literary family and a non literary town, she always felt like a spy when she used to walk the streets given her choice of vocation. Born as Alice Anne Laidlaw, daughter of a fox farmer and a teacher, writing was almost forbidden for her.
She studied on scholarship and went to the University of Western Ontario, majoring in journalism.
Her recent work 'Dear Life', which won her the prestigious honour is a collection of short stories that looks at life from a different perspective and gives a wholesome feeling to the readers.