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Up and Down has “blurbs!”

I don’t know about you, but I’ve always been a big fan of blurbs on books. You know, those unfailingly glowing quotations from big names or big media outlets emblazoned on the front and back covers of novels? I always read them. While some can be over the top, having a better known author or a celebrity of some kind blurb your book seems to infuse it with more credibility than if the book were… um, “blurbless.” I’m thrilled to report that Up and Down, due in bookstores on September 11 (no, I actually don’t know why that auspicious date was chosen), will feature at least four blurbs. I am nearly overwhelmed with gratitude. It’s no small matter to let your name and words appear on someone else’s book. So I am truly grateful for the very kind sentences posted below. I blush, look at the floor, shuffle my feet, and buckle my belt tightly around my head to manage any undue swelling.

Here are the blurbs so far:


“Terry Fallis has done it again. Up and Down is another hilarious page-turner that also packs an emotional punch. Only a very talented writer can balance humour and pathos so skillfully. Beautifully written, these characters rocket off the page and straight into your heart. This is satire at its finest.”

Ali Velshi, CNN Anchor and Chief Business Correspondent


“Terry Fallis is a brilliant and very funny writer who also understands the human heart. His words will split your side on one page, and put a lump in your throat on the next. You’ll not only come to like his quirky characters, you’ll want to meet them and take care of them, too. Terry Fallis is a writer to watch, and more importanly, to read.”

Ali Velshi, CNN Anchor and Chief Business Correspondent


“In Landon Percival, Terry Fallis brings to vivid life an unexpected hero– tough yet endearing, brave yet vulnerable. As told by the adorably self-deprecating David Stewart, Landon’s highly entertaining story of NASA intrigue and public relations high jinks reminds us of what it means to be Canadian.”

Cathy Marie Buchanan, New York Times bestselling author of The Day the Falls Stood Still


“A rollicking good ride. Funny one moment, serious the next, always compelling: a reminder that we can all dream.”

Marc Garneau, Member of Parliament and Canada’s first astronaut


“Gently satirical and intelligently frothy, Up and Down achieves a delightful weightlessness as transporting as the space voyage it deals with.”

Andrew Pyper, bestselling author of The Guardians

2 responses to “Up and Down has “blurbs!””

  1. Very cool, Terry!

    I’m not sure which is better — reaching the point where all these great writers and personalities will write a blurb on your book, or reaching the point where other writers are looking to you for a blurb on their book. (Had any of those yet?)


  2. Terry Fallis says:

    I think I’ve given about six or seven blurbs so far, including one to Drew Hayden Taylor for Motorcycles and Sweetgrass that was shortlisted for the GG in fiction. I was thrilled.

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