• Biography

    Lesley teaches part-time at Dalhousie University, runs Pottersfield Press and has published over 86 books for adults and kids. His Young Adult novels concern things like skateboarding, surfing, racism, environmental issues, organ transplants, and rock bands. Lesley surfs year round in the North Atlantic and is considered the father of transcendental wood-splitting. He's worked as a rehab counsellor, a freight hauler, a corn farmer, a janitor, a journalist, a lead guitarist, a newspaper boy and a well-digger. He lives at Lawrencetown Beach overlooking the ocean. He also hosts a nationally syndicated TV talk show on Vision TV. His recent novel, Cold Clear Morning, is currently being developed as a feature length movie. In 2002, Goose Lane Editions published Choyce's best-selling circumferential history book, The Coasts of Canada. That same year, his animal epic film, The Skunk Whisperer, was broadcast across Canada and heralded at the Maine International Film Festival. Along with the Surf Poets, he has released two poetry/music albums, Long Lost Planet and Sea Level.

    To read excerpts from Lesley's books and download free samples of his music, visit www.lesleychoyce.com.

    Publications
    • Running the Risk. Victoria: Orca, 2009. ISBN 1554690269.

    • The Discipline of Ice. Victoria: Ekstasis, 2009. ISBN 9781897430217.

    • Living Outside the Lines. Toronto: Red Deer, 2009. ISBN 9780889954359.

    • Last Chance. Toronto: Lorimer. 2009. ISBN 9781552774441.

    • Living Outside the Lines. Toronto: Red Deer, 2009. ISBN 9780889954359.

    • Los Pandemonium. Victoria: Orca, 2009

    • Seven Ravens. Hamilton: Wolsak & Wynn, 2009. ISBN 9781894987394.

    • Skate Freak. Victoria: Orca, 2008. ISBN 1-55469-042-0.

    • Hell's Hotel. Toronto: Lorimer, 2008. ISBN 9781552770382.

    • Peggy's Cove: the Amazing History of a Coastal Village. E. Lawrencetown: Pottersfield, 2008. ISBN 978-1897426005.

    • Nova Scotia: Shaped By the Sea, Revised Edition. E. Lawrencetown: Pottersfield, 2007. ISBN 978-1-895900-94-1.

    • The Book of Michael. Red Deer Press, 2008. ISBN 978-0-88995-417-5

    • The End of the World as We Know It. Fitzhenry and Whiteside, 2007. ISBN 978-0889953796.

    • Wave Warrior. Orca Soundings, 2007. ISBN: 9781551436470.

    • Skunks for Breakfast. Nimbus, 2006. ISBN 1551095866.

    • Driving Minnie's Piano. Pottersfield Press, 2006. ISBN 1-895900-81-6.

    • Sudden Impact. Orca Book Publishers, 2005. ISBN 1551434768.

    • Smoke and Mirrors. Dundurn Group, 2004. $12.99 ISBN 1-55002-534-1.

    • Sea of Tranquility. Simon & Pierre, 2003. ISBN 1-55002-440-X.

    • The Coasts of Canada: A History. Goose Lane Editions, 2002. ISBN 0-86492-360-0.

    • Shoulder the Sky. The Dundurn Group, 2002. ISBN 1-55002-415-9.

    • "Dance the Rocks Ashore." Atlantica: Stories from the Maritimes and Newfoundland. Edited by Lesley Choyce. Goose Lane Editions, 2001. ISBN 0-8692-309-0.

    • Carrie's Camping Adventure. Illustrated by Mark Thurman. Formac Publishing, 2001. ISBN 0-88780-534-5.

    • Cold Clear Morning. Beach Holme, 2001. ISBN 0-88878-416-3.

    • Your Guide to... Getting Published: Creativity & craft, Contracts & editing, Fiction, kids' books, poetry & periodicals. Coles Notes, Coles Publishing, 2000. ISBN 0-7740-0615-3.

    • Caution to the Wind. Ekstasis Editions, 2000.

    • Roid Rage. Harbour Publishing, 1999. ISBN 1-55017-206-9.

    • Carrie's Crowd. Halifax, Formac, 1998. ISBN 0-88780-464-0.

    • Famous at Last. East Lawrencetown, Pottersfield Press, 1998. ISBN 1-895900-11-5.

    • Beautiful Sadness. Victoria, Ekstasis Editions, 1998. ISBN 1-896860-30-3.

    • World Enough. Fredericton, Goose Lane Editions, 1998. ISBN 0-86492-246-9.

    • Dance the Rocks Ashore: Stories New and Selected. Fredericton, Goose Lane Editions, 1997. ISBN 0-86492-218-3.

    • Go For It, Carrie Halifax, Formac, 1997.

    • The Mi'kmaq Anthology. Edited, with Rita Joe. E. Lawrencetown, Pottersfield Press, 1997.

    • TrapDoor to Heaven. Kingston, Quarry Press, 1996. ISBN 1-55082-157-1.

    • Falling Through the Cracks. Halifax: Formac, 1996.

    • Nova Scotia: Shaped by the Sea. Toronto, Viking Penguin, 1996. ISBN 0-670-86507-9.

    • Big Burn. Thistledown Press, 1995. ISBN 1-895449-43-X.

    • The Coastline of Forgetting. Halifax, Pottersfield Press, 1995.

    • The Republic of Nothing. Fredericton, Goose Lane Editions, 1994. ISBN 0-86492-153-5.

    • Dark End of Dream Street. Halifax: Formac, 1994.

    • Transcendental Anarchy: Confessions of a Metaphysical Tourist. Kingston, Quarry Press, 1993. ISBN 1-55082-073-7.

    • Full Tilt. Toronto: Maxwell-MacMillan, 1993.

    • Good Idea Gone Bad. Halifax, Formac, 1993.

    • Ecstacy Conspiracy. Montreal, Nuage Editions, 1992. ISBN 0-921833-19-9.

    • Clearcut Danger. Halifax, Formac, 1992. ISBN 0-88780-213-3.

    • Magnificent Obsessions. Kingston, Quarry Press, 1991. ISBN 1-55082-020-6.

    • Wave watch. Halifax, Formac, 1990. ISBN 0-88780-080-7.

    • The Second Season of Jonas MacPherson. Saskatoon, Thistledown, 1989. ISBN 0-920633-67-6.

    • Skateboard Shakedown. Halifax, Formac, 1989. ISBN 1-88780-073-4.

    • Coming up for Air. Creative Publishers, 1988. ISBN 0-920021-55-7.

    • December Six/The Halifax Solution. Pottersfield Press, 1988. ISBN 0-919001-45-9.

    • An Avalanche of Ocean. Fredericton, Goose Lane Editions, 1987. ISBN 0-86492-069-5.

    • The Dream Auditor. Charlottetown, Ragweed Press, 1986. SBN 0-920304-63-X.

    • Conventional Emotions. St. John's, Creative, 1985. ISBN 0-920021-27-1.

    • The End of Ice. Fredericton, Goose Lane Editions, 1985. ISBN 0-86492-054-7.

    • Billy Botzweiler's Last Dance. Toronto, blewointment, 1984. ISBN 0-8897-099-6.

    • Down Wind. Creative Publishers, 1984. ISBN 0-920021-08-5.

    • Fast Living. Fredericton, Fiddlehead Press (now Goose Lane Editions), 1982. ISBN 0-86492-026-1.

    • Eastern Sure. Halifax, Nimbus Publishing Ltd, 1980. ISBN 0-920852-08-4.

    Awards
    • Short-listed for Red Cedar Award, 2009.

    • Teaching Excellence Award: Dalhousie University Student Union, 2009.

    • Finalist: Book of the Year Award: ForeWord Magazine

    • Best Writer of Halifax (Coast Magazine): 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006.

    • Poet Laureate for the Peter Gzowski Invitational Golf Tournament, 2000.

    • Landmark East Literacy Award, 2000.

    • First Place: Canadian Surfing Championships, 1995.

    • Finalist for the Alberta Book Award, 2008.

    • Short-listed for the Foreword Magazine Book Award, 2008

    • America Library Association Quick Pick, 2008.

    • Short-listed for Stellar Book Awards, 2007.

    • Finalist for Canadian Library Association Young Adult Award, 2005.

    • Short-listed for White Pine Award, 2004, 2008.

    • Short-listed for the Hackmatack Award for children's writing, 2000.

    • Authors Award, Foundation for the Advancement of Canadian Letters, co-winner, 1995.

    • Manitoba's Young Reader's Choice Award, finalist, 1994, 2008.

    • Ann Connor Brimer Award for Children's Literature, 1994, 2003; short-listed 1992, 1993.

    • Event magazine's Creative Nonfiction Competition, winner 1990.

    • The Dartmouth Book Award, 1990, 1995; short-listed 1991, 1992, 1993.

    • Short-listed for The Stephen Leacock Medal, 1987.

    • The Order of St. John Award of Merit.

    • Pierian Spring Editor's Award for poetry.

    • First place in short fiction and the novel: Writers' Federation of Nova Scotia Atlantic Writing Competition.

    • Finalist for the Canadian Science Fiction and Fantasy Award, 1981.