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Alice Munro Bows Out of the Giller Prize


Twice is enough for two-time Giller Prize winner Alice Munro.

Despite it meaning that she’ll have less free publicity for her latest book Too Much Happiness, Munro insisted that she be taken out of the running so that other writers would have a fighting chance.

McClelland and Stewart publisher Douglas Gibson said,  “From a publisher’s point of view it’s too bad but it’s absolutely understandable and this is Alice Munro, she’s a genuinely nice person.”

Giller organizers were a bit disappointed as there was a chance that Munro would be battling Margaret Atwood for the award.

With a $50,000 prize for the winner and $5,000 prizes for each of the finalists, the Giller Prize is Canada’s most lucrative literary award.

Munro won the Giller in 1998 for The Love of a Good Woman and again in 2004 for Runaway.  She also won the Man Booker International Award earlier this year.

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