Chosen from a group of fourteen finalists that included American authors Evan S. Connell, E. L. Doctorow, and Joyce Carol Oates, Canadian author Alice Munro today was named winner of the third Man Booker International Prize. "I am totally amazed and delighted," the seventy-seven-year-old fiction writer said. The biannual award, sponsored by Man Group, the investment company and hedge fund that sponsors the annual Man Booker Prize, is worth around eighty-five thousand dollars.
The judges were Amit Chaudhuri, Andrey Kurkov, and Jane Smiley, who wrote in a joint statement: “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 lives in Clinton, Ontario, near Lake Huron, is the author of seventeen books, including Dance of the Happy Shades (1968), The Beggar’s Maid (1980), Hateship, Friendship, Courtship, Loveship, Marriage (2001), and Away From Her (2007). Her next collection of short stories, Too Much Happiness, will be published in October.
Below is a short interview with Munro that was produced in 2004, around the time her story collection Runaway was published.