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Our Visit with Terry Fallis

Terry Fallis reading Up and DownVPL was honoured to host a visit with bestselling and award-winning author Terry Fallis last week. Fallis read from Evergreen Award Winner Up and Down and gave a funny and interesting account of how his life experiences influenced different facets of this novel. He was a fantastic speaker and a joy to listen to.

His 5th novel, of which he gave us a tiny sneak-peek, is currently in the works. You can read about it on his website.

Here, you can also listen to his books for free. That’s right, podcasts, or “podiobooks” read to you by Terry Fallis himself.

It’s not too late to check out one of his books and see what all the fuss is about!

Terry Fallis audience shot



The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt


The Goldfinch book coverTheo Decker, a 13-year-old New Yorker, miraculously survives an accident that kills his mother. Abandoned by his father, Theo is taken in by the family of a wealthy friend. Bewildered by his strange new home on Park Avenue, disturbed by schoolmates who don’t know how to talk to him, and tormented above all by his longing for his mother, he clings to the one thing that reminds him of her: a small, mysteriously captivating painting that ultimately draws Theo into the underworld of art.


What an author, what a story! This is my first Donna Tartt book, and wow, am I impressed with her writing. She conjures up an addicting, enthralling and real story, with characters to match. Each will stay with you long after you finish reading. Tartt’s descriptive Continue reading

Up and Down by Terry Fallis

Up and Down book coverDavid Stewart has left his job on Parliament Hill to join the team at a PR firm in Toronto. Within his first few moments on the job he is assigned to a major project with the Canadian Space Agency and NASA to revitalize public interest. David suggests the most out-of-this-world idea imaginable: hold a contest where two regular, Joe-Blow civilians accompany a shuttle mission for an orbit around the Earth.

Loved it! Light, fun and oh so Canadian. I felt right at home reading about Toronto streets and neighborhoods and was completely swept away to remote and beautiful B.C. (thanks Terry).

This was my first Terry Fallis book and I don’t normally read books that fall under the “humor” category so I wasn’t sure what to expect. Humor, satire and irony mixed with heartfelt and touching moments, with even a little bit of mystery thrown in too. It was a beautiful combination that I certainly didn’t expect and was completely wowed by.

Terry Fallis will be visiting the Pierre Berton Resource Library on September 10th at 7 pm to read and speak about Up and Down. Don’t miss out on this great opportunity to meet this outstanding and award-winning local author!