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.
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.
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.
|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.|