Alistair MacLeod is recognized as one of Canada’s most distinguished writers. His acclaimed short stories are collected in the volume Island, and his novel No Great Mischief won several awards, including the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award. He taught creative writing at the University of Indiana and is a professor emeritus at the University of Windsor. MacLeod was raised in Cape Breton and still spends his summers there. He was commissioned by the Vancouver Writers Fest to write a short story in honour of our 25th anniversary.