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Terry Fallis -- Reading & Signing

Monday Jun 18 2012 7:00 pm, Winnipeg, Grant Park in the Atrium

Reading & Signing The Best Laid Plans and The High Road, hosted by Terry MacLeod of Information Radio on CBC Radio One 89.3 FM.

Terry Fallis grew up in Toronto and went to McMaster University. Drawn to politics at an early age, he worked for Cabinet Ministers both at Queen's Park and in Ottawa. His first book, The Best Laid Plans, began as a podcast, then was self-published, won the Stephen Leacock Award for Humour, was re-published to great reviews by McClelland & Stewart, and was selected the 2011 winner of CBCs Canada Reads competition. His follow-up novel, The High Road, was published in 2010, and was a finalist for the 2011 Stephen Leacock Medal for Humour. The Best Laid Plans is now in development by CBC Television as a six-part miniseries. M&S will publish his third novel in September 2012.

Terry Fallis is a skilled public speaker and head of the public relations agency Thornley Fallis. He lives in Toronto with his wife and two children and blogs about his writing life online here.

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The Best Laid Plans

- by Terry Fallis

Trade paperback $21.00 - Add to Cart
Reader Reward Price: $18.90

This book beat out work by Douglas Coupland and Will Ferguson because it is very, very good a terrific Canadian political satire.

Heres the set up: A burnt-out politcal aide quits just before an election but is forced to run a hopeless campaign on the way out. He makes a deal with a crusty old Scot, Angus McLintock an engineering professor who will do anything, anything, to avoid teaching English to engineers to let his name stand in the election. No need to campaign, certain to lose, and so on.

Then a great scandal blows away his opponent, and to their horror, Angus is elected. He decides to see what good an honest M.P. who doesnt care about being re-elected can do in Parliament. The results are hilarious and with chess, a hovercraft, and the love of a good woman thrown in, this very funny book has something for everyone.

Shortlisted for the 2011 Canada Reads Competition.

The High Road

- by Terry Fallis

Trade paperback $19.95 - Add to Cart
Reader Reward Price: $17.96

A brilliant follow-up to the Stephen Leacock Award-winner The Best Laid Plans, this deeply funny satire continues the story of Honest Angus McLintock, an amateur politician who dares to do the unthinkable: tell the truth.

Just when Daniel Addison thinks he can escape his job as a political aide, Angus McLintock, the no-hope candidate he helped into Parliament, throws icy cold water over his plans. Angus has just brought down the government with a deciding vote. Now the crusty Scot wants Daniel to manage his next campaign.

Soon Daniel is helping Angus fight an uphill battle against "Flamethrower" Fox, a Conservative notorious for his dirty tactics. Together they decide to take "The High Road" and against all odds turn the race into a nail-biter with hilarious ups and downs, cookie-throwing seniors, and even a Watergate-style break-in. But that's only the beginning. Add a political storm in the capital and a side-splitting visit from the U.S. President and his alcoholic wife, and Terry Fallis's second novel is a wildly entertaining read full of deft political satire and laugh-out-loud comedy.

1st Printing 7500