alistair MacLeod was born in North Battleford, Saskatchewan, in 1936 and raised among extended family in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia. He worked as a logger, a miner and a fisherman, and writes vividly about such work. His novel, No Great Mischief, was published to overwhelming praise in 1999, was selected as one of the 200 best novels written in English for the international Modern Library series, and remains a bestseller. He has won numerous prizes, including the Canadian Authors Association and Trillium awards. His complete short stories have been collected in the bestselling volume Islands. His most recent publication is To Every Thing There Is A Season: A Cape Breton Christmas Story. Alistair and his wife, Anita, have six children: they live in Windsor, Ontario.
Festivals: 2000, 2004 (fall)