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Alice Munro wins 2009 Man Booker International Prize

Munro Canadian short story wizard Alice Munro won the Man Booker International Prize for lifetime achievement in fiction.

"I am totally amazed and delighted," said Munro, 77, according to the Man Booker website. I too am delighted but not amazed: I've been dazzled by Munro's picture perfect stories for years now. They're some of the few I actually finish in the New Yorker. Her next book, Too Much Happiness, is due out in October.

The judging panel was made up of Jane Smiley, Amit Chaudhuri and Andrey Kurkov, and Munro's prize money comes out to about $95,000, according to the Associated Press.


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