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  • irishtimes.com - Posted: May 27, 2009 @ 2:23 pm

    Alice’s wonderland

    Fiona McCann

    Alice Munro, the Canadian short story writer, has won the  Man Booker International prize for her contribution to fiction on the world stage, and with it a cool £60,000, to be presented at Trinity College, Dublin on June 25th. For more on the prize and what it means, click here. For Eileen Battersby’s appraisal of Munro’s contribution to literature, click here. For a sample of the work that has garnered her the accolade, read The Bear Came Over the Mountain here.

    And for Munro’s endearing explanation for her own success, watch this:

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    • Q says:

      She’s a giant in Canadian literature and alongside Tobias Wolff the best short story writer in the world. She may in fact be greater.

      There hasn’t been a Canadian recipient of the Nobel Literature Prize since Saul Bellow and I guess you could argue that America can claim him. Every year there’s talk of Atwood being a serious contender but I think Alice Munro is far more deserving. She’s amazing.

      I love David Sedaris’s tale of typing out a passage from Alice Munro and leaving it in his typewriter in the event someone would break into his house and think the writing was his.

    • Declan says:

      She’s the one… and that’s my first time hearing her speak. Roll on the new collection!

    • Fiona says:

      Q: I have long loved Munro also – she really is a sharp and nuanced writer. Never heard that David Sedaris tale, though – nice one!

      Declan: Ain’t she sweet speaking? I’d love to hear her read.

    • Medbh says:

      I’ve ranked Munro and William Trevor as the best short story writers.
      I was so happy to see her win.


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