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Lesley Choyce

Lesley Choyce

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Lesley Choyce was born in New Jersey in 1951 and moved to Canada in 1978 and became a citizen. He teaches part-time at Dalhousie University, runs Pottersfield Press, and has written 40 adult and young-adult books. His YA 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 has 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 in a 200-year-old farm house at Lawrencetown Beach overlooking the ocean. He also hosts a nationally syndicated TV talk show in Halifax. His recent novel, The Republic of Nothing, is currently being developed as a feature-length movie. Along with the Surf Poets, he has released a poetry/music album titled, Long Lost Planet.

East Lawrencetown, NS
Prefer not to disclose


Nova Scotia: Shaped by the Sea. Toronto: Penguin Books Canada, 1996.
The Trap Door to Heaven. Kingston, ON: Quarry Press, 1996.
The Republic of Nothing. Fredericton, NB: Goose Lane Editions, 1994.
Good Idea Gone Bad. Halifax, NS: Formac Publishing, 1993.
The Second Season of Jonas MacPherson. Saskatoon, SK: Thistledown Press, 1989.


Authors Award, Foundation for the Advancement of Canadian Letters, co-winner, 1995.
The Dartmouth Book Award, 1990, 1995; shortlisted, 1991, 1992, 1993.
Ann Connor Brimer Award for Children's Literature, 1994; shortlisted 1992, 1993.
Shortlisted, The Stephen Leacock Medal, 1987.
The Order of St. John Award of Merit.
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