Cape Breton / Ontario
Alistair MacLeod Shows:
Saturday October 6thFiddles and Prose – St. Matthew's United Church
His early studies were at the Nova Scotia Teachers College, St. Francis Xavier, the University of New Brunswick and Notre Dame, where he took his Ph.D. He has also taught creative writing at the University of Indiana. Working alongside W.O. Mitchell, he was an inspiring teacher to generations of writers at the Banff Centre. In the spring of 2000, MacLeod retired from the University of Windsor, Ontario, where he was a professor of English.
He has published two internationally acclaimed collections of short stories: "The Lost Salt Gift of Blood" (1976) and "As Birds Bring Forth the Sun" (1986). In 2000, these two books, accompanied by two new stories, were published in a single-volume edition entitled "Island: The Collected Stories of Alistair MacLeod". In 1999, MacLeod's first novel, "No Great Mischief", was published to great critical acclaim, and was on national bestseller lists for more than a year. The novel won the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, the Dartmouth Book Award for Fiction, the Thomas Raddall Atlantic Fiction Award, The Trillium Award for Fiction, the CAA-MOSAID Technologies Inc. Award for Fiction, and at the Canadian Booksellers Association Libris Awards, MacLeod won for Fiction Book of the Year and Author of the Year.