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July 28, 2009

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I "discovered" on Google that Alice Munro had won the Man Booker prize for 2009 - she's not even on you list.... how come??? And also I see that the prize will only be announced in September? Huh!? what gives?

We have a case here of too-similar prize names!

Alice Munro won the 2009 Man Booker International Prize, which is for any book that represents an ‘achievement in fiction', has living author behind it and is available in English. This year was the third year the award was given out.

Here's more info:
http://isak.typepad.com/isak/2009/05/alice-munro-wins-man-booker-international-prize.html

The 'regular' 2009 Man Booker prize, which just released its longlist is for the the best novel of the year written by a citizen of the British Commonwealth or the Republic of Ireland. It's more than four decades old and built up quite a lot of prestige.

Check out http://www.themanbookerprize.com for more on both prizes.

Thanks for pointing out the confusion!

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