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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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Toronto Star Reviews Albatross

Wednesday, August 7th, 2019

It’s always nice when a major media outlet reviews your novel. It’s even nicer when you and your novel survive the experience. I’m grateful.

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Albatross still climbing the rankings…

Thursday, July 11th, 2019

I’ve been monitoring Bookmanager these last few weeks to see how Albatross is faring in the “future releases, Canadian author, fiction” category. It’s been climbing the charts and recently took another bump up the list where it now sits as the fourth most-anticipated novel soon to be released by a Canadian author. I’m just using my blog as a place to record the novel’s journey for posterity’s sake. Just about four and half weeks to go before Albatross hits bookstores.

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Librarians across Canada support Albatross

Thursday, July 11th, 2019

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Loanstars is a program that promotes the ten most anticipated books each month, as chosen by librarians across Canada. What an honour to discover that Albatross is on the Loanstars August list. I’m grateful for public libraries and the librarians who bring them to life. They do so much to promote reading and writers in Canada. I would have said that before this honour and I’ll continue to speak in dozens of public libraries every year. They are important and always seems to be under threat. Let’s step up and support our public library system.

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Positive early signs for Albatross

Tuesday, June 18th, 2019

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I’ve always found Bookmanager to be an easy way to follow how well my books are doing in the weeks leading up to, and the months following, publication. It provides the sales data for the CBC Books Bestsellers List and many other bestsellers lists. But it also tracks preorders and ranks the most anticipated books in the run up to their publication. You can also engage various filters to pinpoint exactly what you’re looking for. So the ranking above is for “future releases” by “Canadian authors” in the “Fiction” category. It’s certainly gratifying to see that with still two months to go before its publication day, Albatross currently seems to be the eighth most anticipated Canadian work of fiction. I’ll take it! I’m thrilled to be in such fine company alongside Margaret Atwood, Louise Penny, Rawi Hage, Ian Hamilton, Miriam Toews, Lori Lansens, and the late, great Richard Wagamese. August 13th is the official publishing date. It won’t be long now.

Here’s the full cover art for Albatross

Monday, May 13th, 2019

Final full cover

I’m not suggesting you’ll be able to read the cover copy, but you can at least see how the book will look when it arrives in stores in August. I’m very happy with it, but book cover design is such a subjective world. We just wanted it to be arresting so that readers notice it on the shelves. My deep thanks to the designer, Five Seventeen (yes, that’s his name) for the “look,” and Bhavna Chauhan, my editor for coordinating the whole design process. My twin brother Tim took the quickly-aging author photo on the back flap.

The legendary Alan Bradley blurbs Albatross

Thursday, May 9th, 2019

Alan Bradley

Unless you’ve been living in the untouched wilds of Borneo for the last decade, you’ve almost certainly heard of Alan Bradley and his internationally bestselling Flavia de Luce series. He took the book world by storm in 2009 when the first in the Flavia series, The Sweetness at the bottom of the Pie, was published and hit almost every bestseller list you can name, including that of the New York Times. Alan Bradley is a very big deal. So I’m thrilled that he has read Albatross and very generously offered an endorsement that will join similarly lovely words from Linwood Barclay and Amy Jones on the back cover of my new novel when it finally arrives in August. Clearly, I am blessed.

Here’s what Alan said about Albatross:

“Book lovers rejoice and buy this book! In Albatross, Terry Fallis has found the antidote for what ails our sorry world. May millions of you benefit!”

Alan Bradley, internationally bestselling author of the Flavia de Luce series.