Alice Munro is a Canadian writer and the winner of the 2009 Man Booker International Prize for her lifetime body of work. Derek Shapton/Courtesy of Knopf hide caption

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Louise Erdrich's debut novel, Love Medicine, won a National Book Critics Circle Award in 1984. Her other books include The Last Report on the Miracles at Little No Horse and The Plague of Doves. Paul Emmel/Harper hide caption

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