Lesley Choyce Double-Launch (Mar 18)

On March 18, 7pm, join the WFNS in celebrating the double-launch of In Praise of Small Mistakes (Ekstasis Editions) & The Trouble With Everything (Pottersfield Press x Brussels Street Studios)—the newest poetry collection and the newest poetry album (in collaboration Doug Barron) by Nova Scotia’s most prolific author, Lesley Choyce.

We learn from our mistakes more often than from our success. This concept sets the stage for an unlikely and engaging examination of the minor and major events of a life. The events are perhaps down to earth, but Choyce comes at them from curious angles and presents his own singular interpretation of what the world offers up to an engaging mind. The geography is home on the coast of Nova Scotia but also on the streets of England, France, Italy, Greece, and Germany. Wandering through these landscapes, Choyce provides a virtual tour of the real and the imagined through the lens of a language equal parts perplexity and awe.

Lesley Choyce is the author of 100 books of literary fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, and young adult novels. He runs Pottersfield Press and has worked as editor with a wide range of Canadian authors. Choyce has been teaching English and Creative Writing at Dalhousie and other universities for over thirty years. He has won the Dartmouth Book Award, the Atlantic Poetry Prize, and the Ann Connor Brimer Award and has been short-listed for the Governor General’s Award. He surfs year round in the North Atlantic.

The event is free and will be held by Zoom webinar. Register in advance to attend. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the Zoom webinar.

This event is possible thanks to support from The Writers’ Union of Canada and the Canada Council for the Arts.

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

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