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Alice Munro wins Man Booker International Prize

May 26, 2009 |  5:40 pm


According to the official announcement, Alice Munro has won the International Man Booker Prize. "I am totally amazed and delighted," she said in a press release.

The judging committee, which included Southern California writer Jane Smiley, noted that Munro's reputation as a master of short fiction was deserved, but implies that the form was less meaningful than the quality of her work.

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.

Munro, who is 77, will be awarded a trophy and 60,000 pounds on June 25 in Dublin, Ireland.

-- Carolyn Kellogg

Photo: George Waldman for the Los Angeles Times