Archive for February, 2017

Lucky me! The blurb parade continues

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2017

Blurb Juby

I’ve been so fortunate to have received several very positive endorsements from writers I respect and admire. The latest is from the 2016 winner of the Stephen Leacock Medal for Humour, Susan Juby. I’m honoured. Here’s her lovely blurb that will appear somewhere on One Brother Shy when it appears in bookstores at the end of May.

One Brother Shy is funny, heartbreaking, and sensitive, just like its reluctant semi-hero, Alex MacAskill. Terry Fallis has worked his magic again in this story of a young man battered by the fates and healed by his own courage and the kindness of an unlikely assortment of people. One Brother Shy is life-affirming and an absolute joy to read.”

Susan Juby, winner of the 2016 Leacock Medal for Republic of Dirt

Two more blurbs for One Brother Shy

Monday, February 20th, 2017

I’m honoured that Joseph Kertes, the Leacock Medal-winning author of The Afterlife of Stars that just received a rave review in The New York Times Book Review has read One Brother Shy and offered up the head-swelling blurb below. As well, I’m also grateful that the hilarious Steve Patterson, host of CBC-Radio’s The Debaters and author of the very funny The Book of Letters I Didn’t Know Where to Send has also provided some wonderful endorsements for the novel. I’m grateful to them both.

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“Mark Twain once observed that the “secret source of humor is not joy but sorrow.” In One Brother Shy, Terry Fallis locates this secret source in a very moving yet often funny story about a young man’s search for lost family, lost identity, lost confidence and lost time. In so doing, the author marries joy with sorrow. The result is a wonderful, powerful tale of pain and redemption. Treat yourself to One Brother Shy—you’ll get to see one of Canada’s finest storytellers at the top of his game.”

Joseph Kertes, Author of The Afterlife of Stars

StevePaterson

“One Brother Shy is what I would describe as “classic Terry Fallis”. A story that you don’t ‘read’ so much as LIVE along with thanks to sparkling dialogue full of so much wit you don’t realize how damn reasonable it is. I recommend this book for everyone who has a twin or wishes that they did. 

To me, the magic of Terry Fallis is dialogue that allows you to eavesdrop on the conversations we all wish we could overhear rather than the ones that are actually inflicted on us in daily society. What Terry writes isn’t just worth reading, it’s worth LISTENING to. [so try to read this where you can read out loud. Which for me meant alone in hotel rooms. Although it’s so good I’m sure the other people on the plane wouldn’t have minded one bit.]

One Brother Shy is another wonderful example of the great gift of Terry Fallis: To make us laugh just enough we don’t realize we’re also learning. My only complaint with his novels is that he can’t write them as quickly as I can devour them.”

Steve Patterson, host of CBC-Radio’s The Debaters and author of The Book of Letters I Didn’t Know Where to send

Stuart McLean 1948-2017

Thursday, February 16th, 2017

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It’s certainly a sad day in the humour-writing world after learning that Stuart McLean, the three-time Leacock Medal winner, wonderful storyteller, and creator of the Vinyl Cafe had passed away. To me, he reflected, and perfected, a very Canadian sense of humour that was gentler, often self-deprecating, never mean, frequently moving, and always funny. He explored that terrain where tears meet laughter, and he did it very, very well. When I somehow won the Leacock Medal in 2008 for my first novel, I remember giving thanks in my impromptu acceptance speech for Dave and Morley’s quiet and uneventful year. You see, Stuart McLean did not have a Vinyl Cafe book out that year or I suspect he would have won the Leacock, not I. His legions of devoted readers and listeners are bereft today. I’m one of them.

Here’s the CBC piece that ran on The National last night, including a very brief reminiscence from me.

 

First blurb is in for One Brother Shy

Wednesday, February 1st, 2017

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I’m thrilled that Gary Barwin, the brilliant and funny author of Yiddish for Pirates, a Giller Prize and Governor-Generals Award finalist, has offered up a lovely blurb about One Brother Shy. At least a phrase or two will likely appear on the front or back covers when my sixth novel hits bookstores in late May. I’m always gratified and humbled by the wonderful support I’ve received from fellow writers. Gary is a lovely, creative, and very funny guy, and I was so happy for him when his extraordinary novel, Yiddish for Pirates was such a hit this past year. I’m grateful to him for these kind words:

One Brother Shy is a two-for-one flight of invention, full of hilarious one-liners. A compelling and surprising tale about the discovery of the abiding importance and inspiration of family is twinned with a rich portrait of characters in keenly observed social contexts. The wit and brio of the storytelling belies its sensitivity and emotional depth and the many secrets waiting in the wings to be uncovered. Terry Fallis has written another fast-paced, incisive, and wry novel that doesn’t shy away from the enjoyably genuine and the genuinely human.”

Gary Barwin, author of Yiddish for Piratesa Scotiabank Giller Prize and Governor-General’s Literature Prize Finalist