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Lesley Choyce

No one has a clearer view of Atlantic Canada's literary endeavours over the past twenty years than Lesley Choyce. He is the founder of the literary journal Pottersfield Portfolio, and the publisher of Pottersfield Press. He has edited several fiction anthologies and has been the in-house editor of many books from Pottersfield Press including Making Waves, a collection of stories by emerging authors from Atlantic Canada. He is the author of more than fifty books in genres ranging from poetry and essays to autobiography, history and fiction for adults, young adults, and children. Among his recent books are the novels The Republic of Nothing, World Enough, and Cold Clear Morning, and the story collection Dance the Rocks Ashore. Choyce is the writer, host, and co-producer of the popular literary show television program, Off the Page with Lesley Choyce, which is broadcast across the country on Vision TV. He also teaches in the English department of Dalhousie University in Halifax and is leader of the rock band The Surf Poets.

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Accro d'la planche

Accro d'la planche

(Skate Freak)
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Accro d’la planche

Accro d’la planche

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An Avalanche of Ocean

An Avalanche of Ocean

The Life and Times of a Nova Scotia Immigrant
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Breaking Point

Breaking Point

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Carrie's Crowd

Carrie's Crowd

by Lesley Choyce
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Crash

Crash

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Dumb Luck

Dumb Luck

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Ecstasy Conspiracy, The
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And then, before him, sporting goods. A glass case and a wall rack. He wanted to sound like an old pro at these things. A sportsman. What was the right turn of phrase to avoid sounding like a hardened criminal or an idiot? 'Which one do you think would be good for shooting a publisher?' What the hell did he know about guns? There was something from "The Short Happy Life of Francis Macomber," wasn't there? What was the name of the gun there? "Excuse me, young man. I was looking for a...a Mauser."

Damn. Wrong one. The clerk looked like it was a bad joke. "I'm afraid we don't carry that sort of gun. Not much call for it around here."

Bloody right. Hemingway had them shooting lion and water buffalo. This was, after all, Toronto, not Nairobi. He felt frazzled. "Something in a Winchester, perhaps?"

The clerk shrugged his shoulders, pointed at the rack. "What you see is what we got."

Careless verb usage. DeMille studied the rack and then the case. God, he had it all wrong. Nothing but rifles. Rifles were too big, too obvious. How could he go in to polish off the details of a book contract with his publisher while sporting a rifle with an infrared scope? Not right at all. "You don't have anything smaller?"

"We have these pellet rifles here. They operate on CO2 cartridges."

"That's not it either. Well, thank you for your time."

"I hope you find what you're looking for." The young man was sincere. People were always nice at Canadian Tire. A would-be murderer comes in off the street looking for artillery and they're terribly apologetic about not being able to satisfy. Polite people, Canadians, even in Toronto.

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Famous at Last

by Lesley Choyce
illustrated by Jill Quinn
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Gone Bad

Gone Bad

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Identify

Identify

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Into the Wasteland

Into the Wasteland

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Jeremy Stone

Jeremy Stone

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Last Chance

Last Chance

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Los Pandemónium

Los Pandemónium

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Nova Scotia Love Stories

Nova Scotia Love Stories

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Off the Grid

Off the Grid

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Plank's Law

Plank's Law

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Random

Random

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Rat

Rat

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Reaccion

Reaccion

(Reaction)
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Reacción

Reacción

(Reaction)
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Reaction

Reaction

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Reckless

Reckless

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Refuge Cove

Refuge Cove

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Republic of Nothing

Republic of Nothing

Reader's Guide Edition
by Lesley Choyce
afterword by Neil Peart
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Roid Rage

Roid Rage

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Running the Risk

Running the Risk

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The door opened and two guys with ski masks on walked in. One walked straight to me. The other went straight to Lacey at her register. As they approached, I saw the guns come up. Lacey, Cam and I froze. The room suddenly went dead quiet except for the sound of hamburgers sizzling in the back and the buzz of the overhead fluorescent lights. I'd never even noticed the hum of the fluorescent lights before.

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Scam

Scam

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Seven Ravens

Seven Ravens

Two summers in a life by the sea
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Skate Freak

Skate Freak

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Skateboarding always made me feel in groove, totally chilled and high-wired at the same time. At the skate park, though, I felt none of that. I slapped my board down, kicked for speed and dropped into the middle of the bowl. Way too many people were zigzagging crazy patterns back and forth. It was madness.
I was getting some nasty looks. But I couldn't leave, even though that was what those ugly staring faces said without one word. It was clear I was not liked. Was it the way I looked? Was it my hair? Or was it just me?

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Sudden Impact

Sudden Impact

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The Book of Michael

The Book of Michael

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The Mi'kmaq Anthology Volume 2

In Celebration of the Life of Rita Joe
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The Summer of Apartment X

The Summer of Apartment X

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Thin Places
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Inside
When you are young
you have
imaginary friends
right?
You
make them up and
hang out with them
have adventures you can
never have
with real people.
I had a whole crowd
of friends who
didn’t exist
outside of my head.
Real people were
well
boring.
Adults were the worst.
They say How are you?
And I usually say nothing
because I know they can’t handle
the truth.
Some ask What do you want to be
when you grow up?
And sometimes I answer
I want to live in my own kingdom
an island filled with amazing beings
only I can imagine.

My Imaginary Friends
They
spoke to me
and told me stories
urged me to do crazy things
like
make parachutes out of sheets
and jump from
the shed roof.
They suggested I should learn
to juggle knives
and study the nature of
fire.
They told me where to look for
ghosts
and demons
and sometimes they
were not lying
although sometimes
they just wanted trouble.
(My father said he had a plan
to destroy
my imaginary friends.
That made them very angry.
But I said
I would never let that happen.)
Mostly
late at night
they spoke to me
of amazing places
that could not possibly
exist.
The voices were always clear
and
sounded like me.
I guess they were really
just me
or parts of me.

Let Me Introduce Myself
My parents named me
Declan Lynch
Names are important
but
it’s also important to
remember
that someone usually your parents
just made up your name.
You were not born with it.
Think about that.
You
were just you
when you came into this world.
My mom and dad were the Lynches
living on an average street Maple Terrace
like the tree
with the little helicopter seeds.
The Lynches had their first and only kid
me
and said I looked like my great-grandfather
whose name was Declan Timothy Lynch.
I only saw pictures of my great-grandfather
much later
when I could focus my eyes.
I didn’t look anything like him
but
the name stuck.
Declan
or Deck sometimes
or Declan Patrick Lynch
when I was bad
which was often.
Just jumping from shed roofs
getting lost in malls
hiking deep into the tangled forest
behind my house
always determined to not come home on time
chasing ghosts and demons
and listening for the next bit of advice
from the voices in my head.

Parental Advice
My mother told my father
it was just a phase
I was going through
a very long phase
and I would grow out
of it.
(But she secretly told me
that she understood the voices
and that I should learn the difference
between the good voices
and bad ones.)
My father
was a sworn enemy
of my imaginary friends.
Your imagination
he said
plays tricks on you
dirty tricks.
When I asked him what he meant
he tried to explain
but grew frustrated
and stomped away.
I heard him say to my mother in the kitchen
Sometimes, Fiona
Sometimes I think
that boy is not our son
at all.
Maybe they made a mistake
at the hospital
and gave us
the wrong
child.

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Thunderbowl

Thunderbowl

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Wave Warrior

Wave Warrior

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Day Trips from Halifax

Day Trips from Halifax

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