Archive for May, 2010

TBLP quoted in organization’s Annual Report

Monday, May 31st, 2010

I received an email this afternoon from a good friend who had just perused a copy of the Annual Report of the Ontario Centre for Engineering and Public Policy. Much to my surprise and delight, on the inside back cover of the annual report is the following quotation from The Best Laid Plans:

“The engineer’s critical and methodical approach to problem solving is well suited to realms beyond the scientific. What are the knowns? What are the unknowns? What are the constants? What governing laws are at play? It’s the scientific method brought to life in a different setting.”

Terry Fallis, The Best Laid Plans

It took me a while to place the passage but I eventually found it. It’s part of Angus McLintock’s diary entry that closes Chapter 13. I had no idea that it had found its way into the Annual Report of CEPP but I’m thrilled just the same.

The High Road Podcast: Chapter 1

Saturday, May 29th, 2010

Here it is, at long last, the first episode of The High Road podcast. You can of course also find it on iTunes. It’s been more than three years since I started to podcast The Best Laid Plans so it’s nice to be back in front of the microphone. I’ll be uploading episodes one chapter per week, so in the end, there’ll be 20 episodes. This weekly schedule will carry us into the fall. Part way through the podcast, The High Road will be published and available in bookstores across Canada and in the United States (September 7th to be exact).

My sincere thanks to McClelland & Stewart for supporting this podcast. This will be a first for M&S, and it reflects a very progressive view of the future of publishing. I’m grateful to Doug Pepper, President of M&S and his enlightened team.

The story picks up where The Best Laid Plans left off. The Conservative government has just fallen and it’s Christmas in Cumberland as we rejoin Daniel, Angus, Muriel, Lindsay and the rest of the crew. Enjoy Chapter 1 of The High Road.

The music that opens and closes the podcast is Game Day by Jon Schmidt is made available through Music Alley. The great voice at the beginning belongs to my good friend and fellow ball hockey player, Roger Dey.

OBOC contest tests your knowledge of TBLP

Friday, May 28th, 2010

One Book, One Community announced a contest yesterday testing your knowledge of TBLP and offering two tickets to an upcoming taping of the hilarious Rick Mercer Report. Check out the contest here and good luck!

Radio interview re One Book, One Community

Monday, May 24th, 2010

The Chair of the One Book, One Community initiative in the Waterloo Region, Katherine Seredynska, was recently interviewed on FM 98.5 CKWR about the program and the selection of The Best Laid Plans as this year’s OBOC choice. She does a great job promoting OBOC and I’m happy to post the interview here. I’m really looking forward to all of the OBOC-related events coming up in June and September.

Just click on the image, or on the link below it, to listen to Katherine’s great interview.


Here’s a shot of Katherine at the OBOC launch a few weeks ago presenting Woolwich Township Mayor Bill Strauss with a copy of The Best Laid Plans. This photograph is from OBOC’s flickr stream.

TBLP and THR to hit the US market

Thursday, May 20th, 2010

Even though I’m away in Virginia golfing, through the wonders of scheduled post publishing I can still update my blog. I can’t remember if I mentioned this in an earlier post, but McClelland & Stewart recently secured the U.S. rights for both The Best Laid Plans and The High Road. I was very happy when they decided to do this. Now, given that both novels have heavy doses of Canadian politics, I don’t expect a huge response from the American market. But still, it’s neat to be there at all. Barnes and Noble and many other U.S. book retailers now have listings for both novels.

Offline until after the weekend…

Tuesday, May 18th, 2010

I’m headed to Virginia for our annual golf pilgrimage with my twin brother and our brother-in-law. It’s a 20 year tradition that I start looking forward to as soon as the last trip ends. See you on the other side…

Coming soon: The High Road Podcast

Monday, May 17th, 2010

I’m thrilled to announce that McClelland & Stewart, my progressive publisher, has allowed me to follow the tradition I began with The Best Laid Plans, and podcast The High Road, chapter by chapter, in its entirety. And yes, it will be free. I’ve always been a firm believer in the power of podcasting to build an audience, even for literature. I also believe that if listeners like what they hear, even if it’s free, a good portion of them will go out and buy the book. That was my experience with TBLP. I’m ceratin we sold many more copies of the book thanks to the podcast. As I understand it, M&S has never before allowed one of its authors to do this so I am deeply grateful. This decision reflects enlightened thinking by a traditional publisher and a willingness to test the social media waters and explore how it can help drive interest in, and sales of, a book. In this case, my book. Think of it as new media supporting old media.

As I did with TBLP, I’ll be uploading one chapter each week until the entire novel is available to anyone with a high speed internet connection. Chapter 1 will be uploaded sometime over the weekend of May 29th. It’ll be available here at and of course over at iTunes and many other podcast directories. M&S asked that we time it this way so that the novel will be in bookstores before the podcast is actually finished. Seems reasonable to me. So stay tuned. Chapter 1 of The High Road is coming soon to ear buds near you.

Behold the new blog design!

Monday, May 17th, 2010

Well, it’s here! Thanks to the efforts of my colleagues at 76design, you’re looking at the new design for What do you think? I really like what they’ve done. With The High Road coming out in September, it was time to ditch the TBLP-focused design. Not all the pieces are in place yet, particularly with respect to The High Road, but we’ll be filling in the gaps in coming weeks and months as the publication date draws nearer. So have a look around.

My thanks to my friend and co-founder of Thornley Fallis, Joe Thornley, and the folks at 76design for all their support and work on the new design. I love it.

Thanks for the plug, McClelland & Stewart

Saturday, May 15th, 2010

I just noticed that my publisher, McClelland & Stewart, has given TBLP a plug on their homepage in the “Books in the News” section. Very nice!

TBLP sales up in Waterloo thanks to OBOC

Thursday, May 13th, 2010

A good friend in our book club was sauntering through a mall in Waterloo the other day and came upon what I’m told is called an “end cap” display in a local bookstore. He immediately snapped a photo and sent it to me. It seems that the One Book, One Community choice of TBLP as its 2010 selection is having a very positive impact. The novel seldom gets this kind of profile in bookstores.