Canadian author Alistair MacLeod dies at 77

WINDSOR, Ontario (AP) — Alistair MacLeod, the award-winning Canadian author who was best known for his short story collections, has died at age 77.

MacLeod's former publisher Doug Gibson confirmed his death on Sunday.

Gibson says MacLeod had been in a Windsor, Ontario, hospital since suffering a stroke in January.

MacLeod won the prestigious 2001 IMPAC Dublin Literary Award for his only novel, "No Great Message," which depicts the life of a family beginning in 18th-century Scotland and ending in 20th-century Nova Scotia.

His short story collections include "The Lost Salt Gift of Blood" (1976), "As Birds Bring Forth the Sun and Other Stories" (1986) and "Island" (2000).

He taught English and creative writing at the University of Windsor, but each summer returned to Cape Breton Island, where he did much of his writing.

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