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Munro, Toews nominated for big European prizes

The contenders for the Man Booker International Prize were announced today, and Alice Munro was the only Canadian nominee to make the 14-author list. Unlike the annual Man Booker Prize for Fiction, the International prize is awarded every two years and highlights one writer’s “continued creativity, development, and overall contribution to fiction on the world stage.”

Meanwhile, Miriam Toews was the only Canadian nominee on the 20-author shortlist for the 2009 Orange Prize for Fiction, also announced today. The prize honours fiction written by women of any nationality.

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