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Canadian Storyteller To Speak

January 31, 2007

The English department’s 2006-2007 Writers Series is bringing Canadian author Alistair MacLeod to campus Friday, Feb. 16, for a reading in Murkland Hall, room 115, from 5:30-6:30 p.m.

MacLeod was born in North Battleford, Saskatchewan, in 1936. Ten years later, his family returned to their Cape Breton farm, the setting of many of MacLeod’s short stories.

A specialist in 19th century British literature and creative writing, MacLeod teaches at the University of Windsor. He and his family still summer in Cape Breton where he spends part of his time "writing in a cliff-top cabin looking west towards Prince Edward Island."

MacLeod‘s short story collection, "The Lost Salt Gift of Blood" was published in 1976. "As Birds Bring Forth the Sun and Other Stories" followed in 1986. His first novel, "No Great Mischief," chronicles the lives of several generations of a family that emigrates from Scotland to Cape Breton.

Written over the course of thirteen years, "No Great Mischief" was published to great critical acclaim. Nominated for all of Canada’s major literary awards, the novel was awarded the Canadian Authors Association Award for Fiction, the Trillium Award, the Thomas Head Raddall Award, the Dartmouth Book & Writing Award for Fiction, the Atlantic Provinces Booksellers Choice Award, and the 2001 International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award (the largest monetary award for a novel in the world).

All of his published short stories, plus one new piece, were collected in "Island," published in 2000.

For more information contact the English department at 2-1313.

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