Alice Munro Wins Booker

One headline reads Triumph of the short story; the third man Booker International Prize for fiction goes to Canadian short story writer, Alice Munro.

The prize is awarded every two years. Unlike the annual Booker, which recognizes a single work of fiction in English, the International Prize is awarded for an entire body of work and is open to writers from around the world. The first International Prize was went to Albanian writer Ismail Kadare in 2005; Nigerian writer Chinua Achebe won it in 2007.

Quoted in the Canadian Globe and Mail, her editor and publisher, Douglas Gibson exhibited a rare bit of Canadian nationalism:

“It’s further proof, if proof was needed, that Canadian writers are simply among the best in the world.” Noting the implied modesty of that statement, he said, “Canadians are culturally averse to anyone seeming too big for our boots, so we need to be reminded by objective evidence that our people really are the best.”

The win brings a prize of 60,000 pounds (US $96,000).

Munro has a new collection of stories coming out in August in Canada and in November in the US.

Too Much Happiness: Stories
Alice Munro
Price: $25.95
Hardcover: 320 pages
Publisher: Knopf – (2009-11-17)
ISBN-10: 0307269760
ISBN-13: 9780307269768

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Also from Random House Audio:
November 17, 2009
ISBN-10: 0307576736
ISBN-13: 978-0307576736

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