Alice Munro skickade ett tack, som skulle ha lästs upp under banketten. (Så skedde ej, av för mig okänd anledning; texten kan ha kommit fram för sent.) Det lyder så här:

I am honoured and delighted to have received this prize as the crowning achievement of my writing life and only wish I could be there in person to receive it.

I want to say hello to the people of Sweden, to all my supporters in Canada, and my readers around the world.

I want to thank the Swedish Academy, the jurors, the filmmakers and everyone else who made this event possible. I also want to thank the country of Sweden for instituting and preserving this wonderful award.

I believe it is so important to recognize and celebrate the significance, meaning, and enjoyment to be found in fiction.