Wednesday, May 27, 2009

2009 Man Booker International Prize

The winner of the 2009 Man Booker International Prize was announced today... and it's none other than Alice Munro!

Born in Ontario, Canada, Alice Munro is one of the world's most talented and beloved writers. Primarily a writer of short stories, Munro has published eleven new story collections (with a twelfth due out later this year), as well as a novel and a volume of selected stories. Her first collection of stories, titled Dance of the Happy Shades, debuted in 1968, and her most recent collection, The View from Castle Rock, was released in 2006. Too Much Happiness is scheduled for publication in November.

The Man Booker International Prize is awarded every other year to a living author in recognition of a body of work that has contributed to excellence in fiction across the world. Previous winners include Nigerian writer Chinua Achebe (2007) and Albanian writer Ismail Kadare, who won the inaugural prize in 2005.

The winner of the Man Booker Prize will be announced in October. For more on the prizes, visit

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