Alice Munro has been announced as winner of the third Man Booker International Prize.
The Man Booker International Prize is worth £60,000 to the winner and is awarded once every two years to a living author for a body of work that has contributed to an achievement in fiction on the world stage. It was first awarded to Ismail Kadaré in 2005 and then to Chinua Achebe in 2007.
Munro is best known for her short stories and is one of Canada's most celebrated writers.
Her latest collection of short stories, Too Much Happiness, will be published in October 2009.
The judging panel for the Man Booker International Prize 2009 is: Jane Smiley, writer; Amit Chaudhuri, writer, academic and musician; and writer, film script writer and essayist, Andrey Kurkov.
The panel made the following comment on the winner:
"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."
To read the rest of the press release and more about the Man Booker International Prize click here.
To check the library catalogue for Alice Munro's books click here.