Saturday, September 25, 2010

Toronto Star Feature on Alexander MacLeod

In today's Toronto Star Vit Wagner writes about Alexander MacLeod, Light Lifting, our just completed first leg of promotion, and the Giller.

Author Alexander MacLeod and his publisher Dan Wells tossed a box of books in the trunk of a car last Sunday and struck out from Windsor for the Eden Mills Writers’ Festival.

It was the beginning of a weeklong promotional tour to drum up interest in MacLeod’s debut short story collection, Light Lifting, issued by Wells’ small Windsor-based publishing house Biblioasis.

“It’s a pretty low-tech, pure thing for us,” says MacLeod, prior to the book’s Toronto launch at the Gladstone Hotel earlier this week. “We are just literally driving around with a box of books. That’s our publicity tour. We don’t have any middlemen.”

By Monday morning, the job of getting the word out suddenly and unexpectedly became that much easier when MacLeod learned, via email from a friend in Halifax, that his book was one of 13 that had been longlisted for the $50,000 Scotiabank Giller Prize.

“I thought he was joking at first. But he included a link in his email,” MacLeod says.

“There were a million things working against something like that happening. We weren’t holding out high hopes. It was a fluke.”

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