Alexander MacLeod was born in Inverness, Nova Scotia and raised in Windsor Ontario. His first book, a collection of short stories called Light Lifting, was named a “Book of the Year” by the Globe and Mail, Quill and Quire, Maisonneuve Magazine, The Chronicle Herald, The Coast and Amazon.ca. The collection won the Margaret and John Savage First Book Award and was named a finalist for the Scotiabank Giller Prize, the Commonwealth Book Award, the Thomas Head Raddall Atlantic Fiction Award, and the Danuta Gleed Award. In 2011, Light Lifting reached a global audience when it was named a finalist for the Frank O’Connor International Short Story Prize, an award recognizing the world’s best collection of short fiction. Alexander teaches at Saint Mary’s University in Halifax.