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Alison MacLeod selected as finalist for the prestigious Governor General’s Awards in Canada

Alison MacLeod, Professor of Contemporary Fiction at the University of Chichester, novelist and short story writer, has been selected as a finalist for Canada’s prestigious Governor General’s Awards for Fiction for her most recent book, the story collection “All the Beloved Ghosts” published this year by Bloomsbury UK, Bloomsbury USA and Penguin Canada.

The Governor General's Award for English-language fiction is an annual literary award which recognises one Canadian writer for a fiction book written in English.  It has been won in the past by internationally renowned writers such as Alice Munro, Margaret Atwood,  Margaret Laurence, Robertson Davies, Michael Ondaatje and Guy Vanderhaeghe. 

“To be shortlisted for this award is an honour.  I grew up watching that list as a child and fledgling writer.  It truly represents the great tradition of Canadian literature.  As a writer you put everything into your work.  You make endless sacrifices, and it’s a long and fiercely competitive process, but when you get nominated for an award such as this all that work is justified.  Just to know that people choose, read and love what you have written is a gift to a writer.”

Alison was born in Montreal, Quebec of Nova Scotian parents and was raised in Montreal, Michigan, and Nova Scotia.  MacLeod has lived in England since 1987 and is a citizen of both Canada and the U.K.  Brighton, England is her adopted home.