Archive for the ‘comic novels’ Category

A thorn between two Atwood roses

Thursday, September 12th, 2019

Now that The TestamentsMargaret Atwood’s much-anticipated sequel to The Handmaid’s Tale, has arrived, hot on the heels of Louise Penny’s latest blockbuster, I’m thrilled to be still in the bestseller mix. This is the top ten list of Canadian fiction bestsellers according to Bookmanager as of this day. It’s a veritable “who’s who” of CanLit with Margaret Atwood, Miriam Toews, Michael Ondaatje, Emma Donoghue, Esi Edugyan, Michael Crummy, Cherie Dimaline, and Louise Penny… and somehow I’m there, too. Surreal.

 

Bookmanager ranking 190912

 

Nice piece in several PostMedia papers

Friday, August 30th, 2019

Here’s nice interview I did with Jamie Portman, an arts reporter with PostMedia (National Post and many other papers across the country).

Post Media interview (smaller 3) 190825

Albatross now at #3 on Globe Bestseller List

Friday, August 23rd, 2019

Last week Albatross entered the Globe and Mail Bestsellers list at #10. One week later (and only two weeks since it was published) the novel has somehow risen to #3. This is very encouraging and I’m thankful for the work of my team at McClelland & Stewart and for the support of readers across the country who have so quickly snapped up Albatross. May it continue at least for a few more weeks!

Globe 190824

Number 3 on the Toronto Star Bestsellers List

Thursday, August 22nd, 2019

Thank you all who have picked up Albatross already. You’re clearly moving the needle! The novel has opened at number three on the Toronto Star Bestseller list one week after launch. I couldn’t be happier or more grateful.

Toronto Star 190821

My interview on CBC-Radio’s q

Tuesday, August 20th, 2019

I had a great time this morning being interviewed on CBC Radio’s flagship arts and culture program, q, with guest host Ali Hassan. He did a wonderful job of making me feel relaxed. It was like we were just having a conversation over lunch except there was no lunch but there were headphones. My thanks to Emma, the talented producer at q, for helping make this happen.

Click here to listen to the interview.

q interview 2 190820

q interview 190820

Albatross is a CBC Books #1 Bestseller

Tuesday, August 20th, 2019

A tweet caught my eye as it flashed by in my Twitter stream. I took a closer look and was glad I did. Here’s the lovely tweet:

Tweet re #1 bestseller 190820a

What a thrill. Seems as if Albatross has taken flight (pun intended) and I couldn’t be happier. When I clicked through on the link in the tweet, it confirmed the unlikely but welcome news. Exactly one week after it was released, Albatross is the #1 bestseller in Canadian fiction, at least for the next seven days.

CBC Bestseller list 190820

Globe and Mail reviews Albatross

Monday, August 19th, 2019

It’s always nice to make the Globe and Mail! The takeaway line for me in this mini-review:

“This novel has a fable-like quality and philosophical depths that Fallis plumbs with a deceptive subtlety.”

Having seldom been known for being either deceptive or subtle in my writing, I’m very happy with this. It’s still early days, but I’m pleased with how everything is unfolding since the launch of Albatross less than a week ago.

Globe and Mail 190819 a

Albatross is now a #1 National Bestseller

Monday, August 19th, 2019

I’ve been pleasantly surprised (Okay, I’m over the moon) with how well Albatross is being received now that it’s out and in bookstores. This morning, less than a week since its publication date, it hit #1 on the Bookmanager Canadian Fiction Bestsellers List. Quite a thrill.

Bookmanager Albatross #1 190819

Winnipeg Free Press Reviews Albatross

Saturday, August 17th, 2019

I’ve been very fortunate with reviews from the Winnipeg Free Press over the years. The tradition continues and I’m grateful.

Winnipewg Free Press 190817

Albatross is a Globe and Mail Bestseller

Friday, August 16th, 2019

So thrilled to learn this morning from my wonderful editor at McClelland & Stewart, Bhavna Chauhan, that Albatross has cracked the Globe and Mail Bestsellers list just three days after it hit bookstores. I’m over the moon. Thanks to everyone who helped make this happen so soon after publication. Onwards!

G&M 190817