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Alexander MacLeod is a Canadian writer and English and Atlantic Canada studies professor at Saint Mary's University. His debut short story collection Light Lifting was a shortlisted nominee for the 2010 Scotiabank Giller Prize[1] and the 2011 Frank O'Connor International Short Story Award.[2][3] In 2019, he won an O. Henry Award for his short story, "Lagomorph", which was published in published in Granta.[4]

Alexander MacLeod
Inverness, Nova Scotia, Canada
Occupationshort stories
Notable worksLight Lifting

The son of Canadian novelist and short story writer Alistair MacLeod[5] and of his wife, Anita MacLellan, he was born in Inverness, Nova Scotia in 1972 and raised in Windsor, Ontario, where his father taught at the University of Windsor. He currently lives in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, and teaches at Saint Mary's University.[5]

MacLeod served as a judge for the 2015 Scotiabank Giller Prize.[6]

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  1. ^ "Dark horses dominate Giller field". Toronto Star, October 5, 2010.
  2. ^ Walsh, Caroline. "Two Irish authors make awards shortlist". The Irish Times. 9 July 2011.
  3. ^ Flood, Alison. "Strong showing for Irish writers on Frank O'Connor shortlist". The Guardian, 9 July 2011
  4. ^ van Koeverden, Jane (17 May 2019). "Canadians Alexander MacLeod, Souvankham Thammavongsa & John Keeble win O. Henry Prize". CBC News. Retrieved 25 May 2019.
  5. ^ a b "Alexander MacLeod: Small town, big honours"[permanent dead link]. Vancouver Sun, October 5, 2010.
  6. ^ "The Giller Prize expands its jury to five people ", The Globe and Mail, 14 Jan 2015.