James Leck


James Leck has worked as a high school teacher in Canada, Japan, and Kuwait. The Adventures of Jack Lime, and The Further Adventures of Jack Lime (Kids Can Press) are the first two books in a series of mysteries that will follow his teenage private eye, Jack Lime, as he solves mysteries in the fictional town of Iona. After Dark, his latest book, follows Charlie Harker as he arrives in the sleepy town of Rolling Hills just as his neighbours start turning into zombies… er, vampires… well, something strange. Currently, James lives in Dartmouth with his wife and two children.



The Further Adventures of Jack Lime:
Shortlisted for the CCBC John Spray Mystery Award 2014

Shortlisted for The Diamond Willow Award 2014

Ontario Library Association Best Bet book for 2013

Best Books of the Year for Children and Young Adults, Bank Street Children’s Book Committee 2013

Best Books for Kids & Teens, Canadian Children’s Book Centre 2013


The Adventures of Jack Lime
Shortlisted for The Hackmatack Children’s Choice Award 2012

Shortlisted for The Manitoba Young Reader’s Choice Award 2012

Shortlisted for The Arthur Ellis Award for Best Juvenile Crime Book 2011

Selected by Booklist Magazine as one of the Top Ten Books for Youth and as one of the Top Ten Crime Fiction Books for Youth of 2010



After Dark
Shortlisted for The Hackmatack Children’s Choice Award 2017

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Recommended Experience Levels

The Writers’ Federation of Nova Scotia (WFNS) recommends that each workshop’s participants share a level or range of writing / publication experience. This is to ensure each participant gets value from the workshop⁠ and is presented with information, strategies, and skills that suit their current writing priorities.

To this end, the “Recommended experience level” section of each workshop description refers to the following definitions developed by WFNS:

  • New writers: those who have been writing creatively for less than two years and/or have not yet been published in any form.
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