On Thursday morning, the Swedish Academy named Canadian Alice Munro as the winner of the Nobel Prize in literature.
Not a stylist nor a writer of experimental fiction, Munro is a self described old fashioned storyteller. Her disciples and fellow writers describe her as creating small worlds that convey addictive wisdom.
According to a statement at NobelPrize.org, the organization classifies Munro as a "master of the contemporary short story."
Radhika Jones, executive editor at TIME magazine, explains the significance of this choice.