Professor Alexander MacLeod tours with prestigious British literary magazine

Dr. MacLeod speaking at the Shalespeare and Company event.

Dr. MacLeod speaking at the Shalespeare and Company event.

Saint Mary's professor Alexander MacLeod, of the Department of English Language & Literature, spent part of the past month on tour in England and France with Granta, the prestigious British literary magazine, as it promotes its special Canada issue.

Dr. MacLeod—whose 2010 story collection Light Lifting was nominated for both a Giller Prize and a Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award—has a new short story entitled “Lagomorph” in Granta 141: Canada. His work shared space in the issue with other Canadian writers including Falen Johnson and Catherine Leroux, with whom he appeared at London’s Canada House and Paris’ Shakespeare and Company bookstore.

On November 22, the group visited the renowned Shakespeare and Company bookstore in Paris.

Macleod's story, Lagomorph, is featured in the current issue Granta 141: Canada.

“The trip has been amazing so far,” said Dr. MacLeod, who was able to spend the night in Shakespeare and Company’s storied guest room, used in years past by writers from Samuel Beckett to the Beats.

Maclean’s Brian Bethune wrote about Granta’s Canada issue, singling out Dr. MacLeod’s contribution as “suspenseful, moving, and…hilarious.”