Chris Benjamin, Freelance Writer

I write fiction, news, features and opinion.

My new book, Eco-Innovators: Sustainability in Atlantic Canada, is in bookstores now! "It is the best sustainability book that I have read since Geography of Hope," says Richard MacLellan, Halifax's Sustainable Environment Manager.

Eco-Innovators is a collection of stories about the region’s most forward-thinking leaders in sustainability. These entrepreneurs and educators, activists and agitators, farmers and fishers have all made measurable contributions in their respective fields of interest and in motivating others to make change in their own communities.

My first novel, Drive-by Saviours, was published by Roseway in Fall 2010. It made the Canada Reads Top 40 Essential Books list and the ReLit Award longlist. Says Carol Moreira in The Globe and Mail, the story features "an unusual plot and a character whose vitality and energy illuminate the novel."

Stephen Patrick Clare of the Halifax Chronicle Herald calls Drive-by Saviours "one of the finest first narratives to emerge from Atlantic Canada in recent memory. Well-balanced and masterfully crafted with a prose that is both poignant and poised.”

Atlantic Books Today's Jon Tattrie called it "confident proof that great Atlantic Canadian literature need not involve kilts or Cape Breton," adding, “[A] giant storytelling talent … Benjamin does a superb job of weaving the two tales together.”

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I am also a journalist. I write about the things I value most:






I write the Sustainable City column for The Coast. I'm also a web news writer/editor at CBC. In 2006/2007 I worked as a journalist in Ghana.

I have written fiction and features for The Globe and Mail, Toronto Star, VoicePrint Canada, This Magazine, Now Magazine, Descant, Third Person Press, Nashwaak Review, Pottersfield Press, Rattling Books, The Society, University of Waterloo Press, Z Magazine, Canadian Dimension, Briarpatch Magazine, Rural Delivery, The Chronicle Herald, Coastlands, Progress Magazine, and many others.

I have lived and worked in Toronto, British Columbia, St. Lucia, Finland, Indonesia, and Ghana. My current home is Halifax, where I live with my wife and son in a house owned by two cats, Bosh and Moon.

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