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Peter Englund, permanent secretary of the Royal Swedish Academy, steps out from the Academy rooms in Stockholm, Sweden Thursday Oct. 10, 2013 to announce the Nobel literature prizewinner 2013 to be Canada's Alice Munro. (AP Photo/Anders Wiklund) ** SWEDEN OUT **

Alice Munro wins 2013 Nobel Prize in literature

Short story master Alice Munro, who captures the everyday lives and epiphanies of men and women in rural Canada with elegant and precise prose, won the Nobel Prize in literature on Thursday.

Munro is the first Canadian writer to receive the prestigious $1.2 million award from the Swedish Academy since Saul Bellow, who left for the U.S. as a boy and won in 1976. (AP)