"Ledger of the Open Hand succeeds in its page-turning persuasiveness."

~ Carlyn Schellenberg, The Winnipeg Review 


Even once you’ve read the last page, you’re still enthralled ... hoping there’s more book to read because you’re not ready to say goodbye to the characters…  

~ The Minerva Reader's review of We All Will Be Received

"Vryenhoek's prose is bright and accessible, the novel fast-paced and compelling,
and there is a startling originality to all of it." 

~ Kerry Clare's review of Ledger of the Open Hand at Pickle Me This


"Leslie Vryenhoek's spare, elegant prose entertains, shocks and surprises."

~ Joan Clark, author of An Audience of Chairs


Awards & Nominations

  • Longlisted, International DUBLIN Literary Award (2017) for Ledger of the Open Hand

  • Finalist, Winterset Award (2016) for Ledger of the Open Hand

  • Silver medal from the Independent Publisher Book Awards for Ledger of the Open Hand

  • Finalist, Gerald Lampert Award for Gulf, 2012

  • Winner, Newfoundland and Labrador Arts and Letters award 2010, senior fiction

  • Winner, Winston Collins/Descant Prize for Best Canadian Poem, February 2010

  • Winner, Geist's Fortune Cookie contest, 2009 (Read "Impatient")

  • Winner, 2007 Eden Mills Festival Literary Competition (fiction)

  • Winner, Cahoots magazine first fiction competition, 2007 (Read Disappearing Act)

  • Winner, Dalton Camp Award (national essay competition) 2003 (Read Mourning Strangers)

"The writing in Leslie Vryenhoek's debut novel ... is flowing and descriptive, with some images so beautiful you know they've come from the mind of a serious wordsmith."

Kerri Cull, The Overcast

"Some authors show you well-rounded lives in their stories; Leslie Vryenhoek takes you inside the skin."

Samuel Thomas Martin

"I stopped breathing. Shocked, without a trace of cheap thrill. Then I felt only gratitude for the creative leap."

Jim Bartley, Globe and Mail

"With Scrabble Lessons, Leslie Vryenhoek becomes a new literary voice that's helping to revitalize the Canadian short story."

Dave Williamson, Winnipeg Free Press