Alice Munro is last to know she won the Nobel Prize in Literature

BY newsdesk  October 10, 2013 at 12:38 PM EDT

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When news broke that writer Alice Munro had won the 2013 Nobel Prize in Literature, it seemed that everyone in the world knew about her win. Except for Munro.

The 82-year-old author reportedly didn’t pick up her phone when the Nobel Prize Committee tried calling. The Atlantic’s Megan Garber speculated that perhaps Munro intentionally didn’t pick up the phone as to forever save the voicemail on her answering machine.

She only learned of the news when The Canadian Press somehow reached her to give her the news live on air.

“I’m delighted of course, I’m just terribly surprised,” Munro said.