Doris Lessing has won the Nobel Prize for literature — this is one that I can lay claim to twice, for she is, in some sense, both Canadian and a science fiction writer. Woo! Go team!
Shortly after the Nobel announcement, her agent Jonathan Clowes told the Agence France Presse news agency: "We are absolutely delighted because it is so well deserved. She doesn't know yet.
"She's out shopping and we are trying to get in touch with her before she discovers it in the news."
(Photo credit: Doris lessing 20060312.jpg is a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike photo taken by Elke Wetzig and hosted on the Wikimedia Commons)