Canadian short story writer Alice Munro wins the 2009 Man International Booker Prize. The biennial award is given to 'a living author for a body of work that has contributed to an achievement in fiction on the world stage'.
Like about any other short fiction lover, I'd say Munro is a master of the genre. Her craft is superb, and her stories hold surprises that illuminate the truths you leave buried in the depths of your heart. Such is the rare gift from a true writer, who dedicates her life and self to literature. Admittedly, I find some of Munro's works rather moralistic, but that doesn't take away her accomplishment.
The news is particularly exciting for short story writers who wrestle with the difficulty of their art, the utter lack of recognition, and the standard commercial advice: "Write that novel first". Here's a writer who won an important prize for her short stories - finally, an acknowledgment of the highly underrated form. And for that I salute you, Ms Munro!