Alexander MacLeod


Alexander MacLeod was born in Inverness, Cape Breton and raised in Windsor, Ontario. His bestselling fiction debut (Light Lifting, Biblioasis 2010) was shortlisted for the Frank O'Connor Award, and the winner of an Atlantic Book Award. Light Lifting was also shortlisted for the Giller Prize and the Commonwealth Prize. Alexander holds degrees from the University of Windsor, the University of Notre Dame, and McGill; he currently lives in Dartmouth,Nova Scotia and teaches at Saint Maryʼs University in Halifax.


Friday Nov. 4, 9:35 am - 10:25 am
Nipissing University, Room H104

A Conversation With Alexander MacLeod

Interview Questions

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Why did you choose this piece to read?

Has this particular work, or author influenced your own writing? If so, how?

At what time in your life did you come across this author, or this work, and how did it effect you then? Is it different from how it effects you now?

What is the meaning you find in this passage and how is it expressed?

What specific elements in this passage are important as a reflection of the work as a whole?

Is there a particular theme in your work you seem to revisit? (Part I)

Is there a particular theme in your work you seem to revisit? (Part II)

Have you ever been surprised by a question?

What is your ideal audience?

Do you consider yourself a genre writer?

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