Alice Munro grew up in Wingham, Ontario, and attended the University of Western Ontario. She has published nine collections of stories: The Love of a Good Woman, Dance of the Happy Shades, Something I've Been Meaning To Tell You, The Beggar Maid, The Moons of Jupiter ,The Progress of Love, Friend of My Youth, Open Secrets, and her Selected Stories -- as well as a novel, Lives of Girls and Women.

During her distinguished career she has been the recipient of many awards and prizes, including three Governor General's Literary Awards: Canada's highest; the Lannan Literary Award; the W.H. Smith Award, given to Open Secrets as the best book published in the United Kingdom in 1995; and the National Book Critics Circle Award for The Love of a Good Woman. Her stories have appeared in The New Yorker, The Atlantic Monthly, The Paris Review, and other publications and her collections have been translated into thirteen languages.

Alice Munro and her husband divide their time between Clinton, Ontario, near Lake Huron, and Comox, British Columbia. Her new book, Hateship, Friendship, Courtship, Loveship, Marriage, a collection of stories, will be published by Knopf in November 2001.

Biographical information prepared the year of the award.