Alice Munro Withdraws from Running for $50,000 Prize


By Jason Boog Comment

alicemunroe.jpgAfter winning the prestigious Giller Prize twice in her career, author Alice Munro (pictured, via) has taken her new collection out of running for the $50,000 award.

According to CBC News, the author has removed the short story collection, “Too Much Happiness,” from the running: “Munro has withdrawn from this year’s competition saying she’s clearing the way for younger writers to capture the $50,000 annual prize.”

Recently, Munro won the third Man Booker International Prize, picked for the £60,000 (roughly $83,700) award out of a longlist that included 14 writers from 12 different countries. Brad Hooper, author of “The Fiction of Alice Munro,” analyzed the celebrated writer’s move in a provocative column entitled, “Is Alice Munro Stupid?