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