Best known for his short stories of Cape Breton Island on Canada’s Atlantic coast, Alistair MacLeod died at the age of 77, on Sunday (April 20). He had been in hospital ever since having a stroke in January.
Born in the prairie province of Saskatchewan he came to Cape Breton (part of the province of Nova Scotia) as a child with his family, and ever since was inspired by the raw beauty of the island.
“When I sit down to write, the images and the details and the issues that come to my mind are those of Cape Breton,” he said in May 2009. “I think (for) some writers, associations with their material and maybe their place is something like maybe love.”
In 2001, he won the world’s most lucrative literary prize the IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, then worth $172,000, with his only novel “No Great Mischief”.
CTV News – Acclaimed Canadian writer Alistair MacLeod dies at 77 – here
CBC – Tribute to Alistair MacLeod (text and audio) – here
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