Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Alice Munro wins 2009 Man Booker International Prize
Canadian short story writer wins biannual prize
27 May 2009 - news released 30 minutes ago in London

Alice Munro is today, 27 May 2009, announced as the winner of the third Man Booker International Prize.
The Man Booker International Prize, worth £60,000 to the winner, is awarded once every two years to a living author for a body of work that has contributed to an achievement in fiction on the world stage. It was first awarded to Ismail Kadaré in 2005 and then to Chinua Achebe in 2007.
Best known for her short stories, Munro is one of Canada's most celebrated writers. On receiving the news of her win, she said, ‘I am totally amazed and delighted.'

The judging panel for the Man Booker International Prize 2009 is: Jane Smiley, writer; Amit Chaudhuri, writer, academic and musician; and writer, film script writer and essayist, Andrey Kurkov. The panel made the following comment on the winner:
‘Alice Munro is mostly known as a short story writer and yet she brings as much depth, wisdom and precision to every story as most novelists bring to a lifetime of novels. To read Alice Munro is to learn something every time that you never thought of before.'

Her latest collection of short stories, Too Much Happiness, will be published in October 2009. Alice Munro will receive the prize of £60,000 and a trophy at the Award Ceremony on Thursday 25 June at Trinity College, Dublin.

Read more about the judging process of the Man Booker Internatonal Prize in an exclusive piece by Fiammetta Rocco, administrator of the prize.
For more information on the 2009 Man Booker International Prize winner see the press release.

And here is The Guardian on the win.


Sarah Webster said...

Oh my God!!
I am so happy!! Alice Munro is my favorite writer. Her prose is flawless and all her stories are so well contructed. Yay that she is now getting the accolades she has long deserved (and hopefully now she will also get the readership).

Sarah Webster.

Maggie May said...

Good. She's amazing.