Archive for October, 2010

The High Road: Chapter 20

Friday, October 8th, 2010

This week, Chapter 20, the final chapter in The High Road, courtesy of McClelland & Stewart. In this last chapter, Angus and Daniel, and all Canadians, learn what is in the federal budget.

My sincere thanks for all the support for this podcast. If you enjoyed the podcast, please consider buying a copy of the book: The High Road at Amazon or at Chapters-Indigo, or of course at your favourite independent book store.

The music that opens and closes each episode is Game Day, by Jon Schmidt, and is available at Music Alley. The voiceover at the beginning belongs to my friend, Roger Dey.

THR is propping up TBLP!

Thursday, October 7th, 2010

I’ve wondered whether the release of The High Road might spark more sales of The Best Laid Plans. I was thrilled to have this question partially answered today by way of the political bestsellers list. This list changes almost hourly so I haven’t bothered to link to it, but still it seems to show that people are buying TBLP before they read THR. Works for me!

The Ottawa Citizen reviews THR

Sunday, October 3rd, 2010

Hot on the heels of The Halifax Chronicle Herald review, the Ottawa Citizen also read The High Road and published a review today. Memorable lines for me were:

“Fallis is actually intent on making a serious point, or maybe a few serious points.”

“Fallis writes in pictures and even his bit players are well-defined characters that the mind’s eye can see clearly.”

“…an easy-reading page turner.”

“…anyone with even a passing or cynical interest in the political process should emjoy The High Road and after the romp be left with some food for thought, as the author clearly intends.”

As you might have gathered, I tend to gloss over the lines in reviews that aren’t quite so encouraging, but there are some.

This is one of the few reviews acknowledging that I am trying to make a point in the novel, beyond telling a funny story — that this is satire, not just comedy. I’m heartened by that. Here’s the review:

Halifax Chronicle Herald reviews THR

Sunday, October 3rd, 2010

My father-in-law called me this morning from the Annapolis Valley to let me know that I’d “made the big time” with a review in The Chronicle Herald. When I found it online, the PR guy in me looked for positive, cover-worthy phrases that could be pulled out for future promotional use. I can’t help it. That’s what PR guys do. There were a couple lines that worked for me:

“The High Road will surely make you laugh.”

“There will be snickers, occasional snorting and hooting, and almost certainly rip-roaring belly laughs.”

Nice. Here’s the review:

Looking back at the launch of The High Road

Saturday, October 2nd, 2010

I’ve been remiss in not writing sooner about the wonderful launch of The High Road back on September 8th at the Dora Keogh pub on the Danforth here in Toronto. I’ve just been so swamped with work and book-related events that I just haven’t had time to reflect on the great night we had at the Dora. As with the launch of The Best Laid Plans nearly three years ago, I was not as organized as I should have been to have a camera clicking away to record the night for posterity, so there seem to be precious few photos. By the time the launch got started around 6:00, the place was packed with over 100 guests. My good friend Guy Skipworth from Mediaco was very helpful in making the room “launch-worthy” with a flat screen monitor, a podium, and a set of Canadian flags. It looked great. The good folks from Book City on the Danforth took care of book sales with both The Best Laid Plans and The High Road available. My literary agent, Beverley Slopen was on hand too.

Mark Leiren-Young, the 2009 winner of the Stephen Leacock Medal for Humour was in the house all the way from his home in B.C. and made a perfect Master of Ceremonies. He did a great job and I’m grateful that he made the trek to be here for the launch. My friend and editor/publisher Doug Gibson (Douglas Gibson Books/McClelland & Stewart) also spoke, telling some hilarious stories before handing the podium to me. (Tough act to follow!) I spoke for a few minutes to thank a number of people who have been supporting my writing for a long time, and then I read a short piece from The High Road. After that, it was back to socializing and signing.

I was amazed that so many people came, including a contingent from McClelland & Stewart and Random House. Johanna from Book City reported that we sold over 100 books to boot. It was such a fun event and a worthy lift-off for The High Road.

Here’s a photo Julie Forrest from Random House took and uploaded to Twitter early in the night.

Update: Guy Skipworth kindly provided a few photos he took at the event.

Mark Leiren-Young running the show.

Doug Gibson making them laugh.

Reading from The High Road.

The High Road: Chapter 19

Friday, October 1st, 2010

This week, Chapter 19, courtesy of McClelland & Stewart. In this episode, Angus and Daniel take their message to the Cabinet table, and then “go public” with their final report, much to Bradley Stanton’s rage.

The music that opens each episode of the podcast is Game Day, by Jon Schmidt, and is available at Music Alley. The voiceover at the beginning belongs to my friend, Roger Dey.

My CBC Book Club Podcast episode

Friday, October 1st, 2010

A couple of weeks ago, I got a call from one of the literary producers at CBC Radio about coming in to record a segment of their great CBC Book Club Podcast (longtime listener, first time… guest!). So in I went to the CBC Broadcast Centre, slapped on the headphones, and answered a series of questions I’d been sent earlier in the week. It was kind of fun. Anyway, it was produced and posted today. Check it out if you like…