Thursday, May 28, 2009

Alice Munro Wins Man Booker International Prize

Alice Munro has just won the third Man Booker International Prize. According to the official Prize website, the Man Booker International Prize "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." Previous winners include Ismail Kadaré (2005) and Chinua Achebe (2007). Munro is a well-known Canadian short-story writer.

If you're not familiar with Munro, probably the best place to start is one of the compilations of her best stories. Carried Away is a selection of 17 stories chosen by Munro as her favorites. Selected Stories is a compilation of 28 stories, selected from 7 different collections spanning three decades of work. Alice Munro's Best: Selected Stories is a nice gift edition. it's tough to go wrong with Munro.

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