Archive for the ‘Operation Angus’ Category

The Power of Shelagh Rogers

Thursday, February 24th, 2022

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In my last post, I wrote about appearing again on Shelagh Rogers’ wonderful weekly show on CBC Radio One, The Next Chapter. Well in the days after it aired, Operation Angus, which, after six months, had dropped off the Canadian Fiction bestsellers list, made a triumphant return. That’s the power of Shelagh Rogers. I’m grateful!

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Shelagh Rogers Interview on The Next Chapter

Monday, February 14th, 2022

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I’ve had the very great pleasure of spending time with the wonderful Shelagh Rogers, host of CBC Radio’s The Next Chapter many times in the last 14 years since McClelland & Stewart published my first novel. We’ve hung out at various literary festivals  from Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan to Woody Point, Newfoundland, and I’ve been on her flagship show, The Next Chapter on three or four occasions over the years. What I’ve always loved about Shelagh is that she is the same person “off the air” as when she’s in front of the microphone interviewing Canadian writers. The very same person. Thoughtful, charming, curious, engaged, and lovely in every way. The latest evidence is my interview with her on The Next Chapter that aired this past Saturday. You can hear it here or click on the image below. Thank you, Shelagh!

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Hanging in, three months later

Wednesday, December 8th, 2021

Operation Angus is still lurking on the national Canadian fiction bestsellers list, at least according to CBC Books. It even slipped up a place to #9. May it continue at least through the holiday shopping season!

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Operation Angus one of CBC’s Best Books of 2021

Wednesday, December 8th, 2021

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I was thrilled to see Operation Angus on the CBC’s list of Best Canadian Books for 2021. I was honestly not expecting to see it there but was just scrolling through the list when up it popped.

Here’s the full list or click on the graphic above. I’m certainly awed by the company I’m somehow keeping.

Back on the Bestsellers List

Wednesday, December 1st, 2021

After having dropped off almost all of the national bestsellers lists a couple of weeks ago, Operation Angus slips back on this week three months after it launched. No complaints here. And the holiday shopping season is just around the corner.

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Operation Angus finally falls out of the top 10

Monday, November 22nd, 2021

After nearly three months at various positions near the top of multiple national bestsellers lists,  Operation Angus seems finally to have fallen out of the top 10 (at least for now). This is one of the longest bestseller runs among my novels, so I’m thrilled and grateful. It’s altogether possible that the imminent retail frenzy of the holiday season may boost the novel back into the top 10, but I’m not holding my breath. I do want to thank Canadians from coast to coast to coast for their support of Operation Angus, particularly in the face of friendly competition from so many Canadian blockbuster titles that entered the market around the same time, oh yes, and that small matter of the pandemic. I’ve received dozens of emails from readers across the country and have tried to respond to every one of them. I couldn’t have asked for more. I’ve had lots of events, mainly virtual, with plenty more scheduled to keep pushing the book (in a friendly, no-pressure way). Onwards!Operation Angus 3D cover (smaller file)

Operation Angus Bestseller Roundup: Week #10

Tuesday, November 9th, 2021

Still holding on, but with Omar El Akkad’s What Strange Paradise just named as the 2021 Giller Prize winner, we know his wonderful book is headed straight up the charts. Thrilled and grateful to be still on the list after ten weeks.

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Operation Angus Bestseller Roundup: Week #9

Wednesday, November 3rd, 2021

Still hanging in there. Thanks all!

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Operation Angus Bestseller Roundup: Week #8

Tuesday, October 26th, 2021

It’s now been nearly two months since Operation Angus hit bookstores. I’m heartened (okay, tickled and thrilled would be more accurate) that it’s still hanging around on at least some bestsellers lists. Filled with gratitude.

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Operation Angus Bestseller Roundup: Week #7

Thursday, October 21st, 2021

As expected, Operation Angus, after seven weeks, has fallen off the Toronto Star and Globe and Mail Canadian Fiction bestsellers lists, largely due to the recent arrival of a few blockbuster books, including another Louise Penny novel she’s co-written with none other than Hillary Clinton! Naturally it went straight to number 1. Well, we had a great run! But we’re hanging tough on the CBC bestsellers list and the Retail Council of Canada list. I couldn’t be more pleased to still be on at least some of the bestsellers lists nearly two months after the novel was launched. I feel very fortunate and grateful to readers and booksellers across the country.

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