Alice Munro wins Man Booker International

May 27, 2009 by · Leave a Comment 

imagesAlice Munro, whose new collection of stories, Too Much Happiness, is out this fall, has won the 2009 Man Booker International Prize. Munro becomes only the third writer to win the award, which is given out every two years. She follows Ismail Kadar√©, who won the inaugural award in 2005, and Chinua Achebe, who won in 2007. Fourteen authors from 12 countries were in contention for this year’s award. Munro beat out a strong field of contenders, which also included such literary luminaries as Peter Carey, V.S. Naipaul, and Joyce Carol Oates.

The jury for this year’s prize was made up of novelist Jane Smiley, writer and musician Amit Chaudhuri, and screenwriter and essayist Andrey Kurkov. The jury citation reads:

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.

The prize comes with a £60,000 purse.