Canadian author Alice Munro has been awarded the Nobel Prize in literature.
Munro, who lives in Clinton, Ont., is the 17th Nobel laureate born in Canada, and the 13th woman to receive the Nobel Prize in literature.
Calling her the "master of the contemporary short story," officials said she is "acclaimed for her finely tuned storytelling, which is characterized by clarity and psychological realism."
Her most recent collection of short stories, Dear Life, was released in 2012.
The announcement, which came at 7 a.m. ET, may have been too early for the 82-year-old author, and the committee admitted the world knew about her win before she did.
"The Swedish Academy has not been able to get a hold of Alice Munro, left a phone message," the academy tweeted Thursday.
Later, media reports indicated Munro's daughter woke her up to deliver the news.
Prime Minister Stephen Harper congratulated the author on Twitter about an hour later.
"On behalf of all Canadians, congratulations to Alice Munro," he wrote.
Munro was awarded a prize of 8 million crowns ($1.25 million).
The literature prize is the fourth of this year’s crop of Nobel Prizes to be announced. The prize program was established in the will of Swedish dynamite inventor Alfred Nobel and awarded for the first time in 1901.