July 20, 1936
North Battleford, Saskatchewan, Canada
|Alma mater||Nova Scotia Teachers College, St. Francis Xavier University, University of New Brunswick, University of Notre Dame|
MacLeod was born in North Battleford, Saskatchewan, however, when MacLeod was ten his family moved to a farm in Dunvegan, Inverness County on Nova Scotia's Cape Breton Island. After completing high school, MacLeod attended the Nova Scotia Teachers College and then taught public school. He studied at St. Francis Xavier University between 1957 and 1960 and graduated with a BA and BEd. He then went on to receive his MA in 1961 from the University of New Brunswick and his PhD in 1968 from the University of Notre Dame. A specialist in British literature of the nineteenth century, MacLeod taught English for three years at Indiana University before accepting a post in 1969 at the University of Windsor as professor of English and creative writing. During the summer, his family resides near Inverness on Cape Breton Island, where he spends part of his time "writing in a cliff-top cabin looking west towards Prince Edward Island."
MacLeod's published works include the 1976 short story collection The Lost Salt Gift of Blood and the 1986 As Birds Bring Forth the Sun and Other Stories. All of the stories in these two volumes along with his other published stories are included in MacLeod's 2000 collection Island. Among other awards, Macleod won the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award for his 1999 novel No Great Mischief.
In October 2012, "Remembrance," a new story commissioned by the Vancouver Writers Fest, was published and sold there as a chapbook.
- Alistair MacLeod's entry in The Canadian Encyclopedia
- Author Interview Robert Jarovi. (Downloadable Word file)
- Alistair MacLeod reading from No Great Mischief on Live from Prairie Lights. (RealPlayer streaming media.)
- Reading Alistair MacLeod at NFB.ca.
- Alistair MacLeod at the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award