The same year she announced that she's putting down her pen, Canadian short story writer and one-time novelist Alice Munro has taken home the Nobel Prize in Literature. One giant step for her, one giant leap for proponents of quieter stories. Her writing often hones in on small characters, domestic life, and the female experience.
If you haven't already, we highly recommend picking up one of her collections, or her excellent novel, "Lives of Girls and Women."
What better time than now is there to revisit past Nobel winners? Exploring the works of past recipients is an excellent means of discovering works in translation, or by writers whose fame has been largely forgotten. Here are 13 Nobel Prize in Literature winners we think you absolutely must read, if you haven't already: