Short story great Alice Munro celebrated her recent Nobel Prize in literature win with fellow acclaimed author Margaret Atwood during the weekend in Victoria.
Munro has been keeping a low profile since landing the Nobel earlier this month, and the Swedish Academy says she won’t be travelling to Stockholm to collect her prize in December because of poor health. Her daughter, Jenny Munro, will represent her mother at the ceremony.
On Sunday, Atwood took to her Twitter account to post two photos of herself with the 82-year-old Munro in Victoria.
In the first photo, the two are sitting beside each other on a couch in a hotel room with their arms around each other and smiling for the camera.
“In a secret lair in #victoria BC Empress Hotel, #Alice Munro and I have a quiet Hooray yesterday,” Atwood wrote in the post.
The second photo is in the same setting and shows each of them holding filled champagne glasses. “And then we hoist a glass! Clink!” wrote Atwood, a frequent Twitter user who has more than 440,000 followers.
In a third posting, Atwood wrote she passed along “congratulations+goodwill to #AliceMunro, & she thanks you. (“Oh yes. You do That Thing.”)”
Munro, who has published more than a dozen collections of short stories, is the 110th Nobel laureate in literature and only the 13th woman to receive the distinction. Munro is spending the winter in Victoria, said her ex-husband Jim Munro, owner of Munro’s Books.
Atwood was in Victoria to give a reading and talk on Saturday night at Alix Goolden Hall.
— Times Colonist and The Canadian Press
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