I've been hearing the announcements all week, and this morning, caught the news that Doris Lessing has won the Nobel Prize for Literature. She's the 11th woman to be awarded the prize, and in the committee's words is "that epicist of the female experience, who with scepticism, fire and visionary power has subjected a divided civilisation to scrutiny."
I'm adding Mara and Dann to my to-be-read list (which is already several miles long, but still...) Hooray for more far-future/post-apocalyptic fiction!
Also, her agent said she was out shopping when the prize was announced. For some reason, this is making me grin - chances are, she was out shopping for food or clothes, but imagine being in a bookstore and hearing it there.