The award-winning writer Terry Fallis discusses his new novel, Up and Down (McClelland & Stewart, 2012), space exploration, and more, with Joseph Planta.
|Up and Down by Terry Fallis (McClelland & Stewart, 2012).
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Text of introduction by Joseph Planta:
I am Planta: On the Line, in Vancouver at TheCommentary.ca.
Terry Fallis joins me now. The author has just published his third novel, Up and Down. It’s described as a humour-infused romp featuring David Stewart, who leaves his job on Parliament Hill to join the team at a PR firm in Toronto. In the book, David is assigned to a project with the Canadian Space Agency and NASA, in an effort to raise public awareness about the space program. We’ll get Mr. Fallis to tell us about this book, and I’ll ask him about his career thus far as a novelist. Since he self-published his first book four years ago, The Best Laid Plans has gone on to great renown and noteworthiness in the Canadian literary scene. It’s won the Stephen Leacock Medal, and went on to be republished by McClelland & Stewart, and last year was the winner of the CBC Canada Reads competition. That first book, its sequel, The High Road, and this new book, have been serialised as a podcast, drawing in subscribers from all over the world. Podcasts of this new book can be downloaded off of iTunes. www.TerryFallis.com is the website for more. Terry Fallis grew up in Toronto, earning an engineering degree at McMaster, and going into Canadian politics working for a number of cabinet ministers in Ottawa and at Queen’s Park. He is the cofounder of the public relations firm Thornley Fallis. Joining me from Toronto this morning, please welcome to the Planta: On the Line program, Terry Fallis; Mr. Fallis, good morning.