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Western University announces Alice Munro Chair in Creativity

Canadian author Alice Munro is photographed at her daughter Sheila's home during an interview in Victoria, B.C. Tuesday December 10, 2013. Alice's daughter Jenny received the Nobel prize in Literature on her mother's behalf during a ceremony in Stockholm, Sweden. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito

LONDON, Ont. - On the day Alice Munro received her Nobel Prize in literature, her alma mater announced a newly established chair in her honour.

Western University in London, Ont., says it's committed $1.5 million to match donations to the Alice Munro Chair in Creativity.

Western says the new chair will enable its Faculty of Arts and Humanities to recruit a creative writer, teacher and scholar.

The chair holder's role will include serving as a mentor and assuming a leadership role between Western and the creative community in London.

Munro studied at Western as an undergraduate in the 1950s and published three short stories in its magazine Folio.

She returned as a Writer-in-Residence from 1974 to '75, when she crafted her collection "Who Do You Think You Are?," which won a Governor General's Award.

In '76, she received an honorary degree from the university.

News from © The Canadian Press, 2013
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