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Alice Munro Wins the 2009 Man Booker International Prize

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Alice Munro is the winner of the 2009 Man Booker International Prize. The prize 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. Munro's latest collection of short stories, Too Much Happiness, will be published this fall by Knopf. Her previous books can be found here. Judge Jane Smiley says, "Her work is practically perfect. Any writer has to gawk when reading her because her work is very subtle and precise. Her thoughtfulness about every subject is so concentrated." She will be presented with a trophy and a check for £60,000 at a ceremony at Trinity College in Dublin on June 25th.

2009 PEN Literary Award Winners

Cormac McCarthy has won the PEN/Saul Bellow Award for Achievement in American Fiction. McCarthy received the Pulitzer Prize in 2007 for The Road (Vintage), and his 2005 novel No Country for Old Men (Vintage) was adapted as a 2007 film of the same name, which won four Academy Awards, including Best Picture. Click here for more titles by Cormac McCarthy.

Donald Ray Pollack has won the PEN/Robert Bingham Fellowship for Writers, which honors a fiction writer of a first novel or collection of short stories, for Knockemstiff (Doubleday).

Jane Mayer, author of The Dark Side: The Inside Story of How the War on Terror Turned Into a War on American Ideals (Doubleday), was a finalist for the PEN/John Kenneth Galbraith Award for Nonfiction.

Sam Shepard received The PEN/Laura Pels Foundation Drama Master Playwright Award.

In Brief
David Herbert Donald, Lincoln biographer and winner of the Pulitzer Prize, died Sunday in Boston at the age of 88. Among other books, he is the author of the classic in Lincoln scholarship, Lincoln Reconsidered: Essays on the Civil War Era.
The Sidney Hillman Foundation Journalism 2009 Book Award winners are Jane Mayer for The Dark Side (Doubleday) and Stephen Greenhouse for The Big Squeeze (Knopf). James Green, author of Death in the Haymarket (Anchor), won the Sol Stetin Award for Labor History.

Astronaut and senator John H. Glenn, writer Tracy Kidder, and historian James M. MCPherson are among six luminaries to be awarded an honorary degree from Williams College in June of this year. Founded in 1793, Williams College is the second oldest institution of higher learning in Massachusetts. For more information, click here.
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