Lesley Choyce


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.


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.

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