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What is wrong with the Man Booker Prize?

The finalists for the fourth Man Booker International Prize were announced today. Irritatingly, of the thirteen finalists, only four are women. Even more irritatingly, my kneejerk reaction to that was to be pleased that so many women were nominated, so accustomed am I to only one or two gracing such lists (not the Man Booker specifically, just prizes in general).

Also irritatingly, their website doesn’t link to further information about the authors who were shortlisted. Don’t these people realize they’re on the internet? The finalists are:

“Her work is practically perfect.” – Jane Smiley

Canadian Alice Munro has won the Man Booker International Prize. (This is a different award than the Man Booker that Margaret Atwood won in 2000 – the International prize is for a body of work rather than a specific book.)

Here are some of her short stories: “The Bear Came Over the Mountain,” “Deep-Holes,” “Dimension,” “Face,” “Free Radicals,” and “Runaway.”