26@26: Terry Fallis & Linden MacIntyre

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Well, this is going to be the most fun: Terry Fallis and Linden MacIntyre at the top of their game, in total control of their art, in the event their avid fans have been longing for. Two of Canada's most masterful – and beloved – storytellers on the same virtual stage, regaling us with tales of political tomfoolery, indomitable humanity, and sublime insights into the workings of our outer and inner worlds.

The one-hour livestream event on Wordfest.com starts at 7:00 PM MT and will be hosted by Zain Velji. (The pre-show begins at 6:50 PM.) The day after the show, we'll email you our unique Digital Doggie Bag, featuring links and extras sparked by the conversation. 

Can't watch live? Want to rewatch? Purchasing the 26@26 series pass or a single ticket gives you exclusive access to this show on demand until midnight on April 30, 2022. 

We’re grateful to Penguin Random House Canada for making it possible for us to connect you with these authors.

About Terry Fallis

Terry Fallis is the award-winning author of seven national bestselling novels, including his latest, Operation Angus, all published by McClelland & Stewart. The Best Laid Plans was the winner of the Leacock Medal for Humour in 2008, and CBC’s Canada Reads in 2011. It was adapted as a six-part television miniseries, as well as a stage musical. The High Road was a Leacock Medal finalist in 2011. Up and Down was the winner of the 2013 Ontario Library Association Evergreen Award, and was a finalist for the 2013 Leacock Medal. His fourth novel, No Relation, was released in May 2014, debuted on the Globe and Mail bestsellers list, and won the 2015 Leacock Medal. His fifth, Poles Apart, hit bookstores in October 2015, was a Globe and Mail bestseller and a finalist for the 2016 Leacock Medal. 

One Brother Shy was released in May 2017 and became an instant bestseller. The Canadian Booksellers Association named Fallis the winner of the 2013 Libris Award as Author of the Year. 

Fallis earned a Bachelor of Engineering degree from McMaster University and then spent several years working in federal and Ontario politics. In 1995, he co-founded Thornley Fallis, a full-service communications and digital agency with offices in Toronto and Ottawa.

Visit him at terryfallis.com or follow him on Twitter @TerryFallis.

About Operation Angus

From bestselling author Terry Fallis comes the long-awaited follow-up to The Best Laid Plans and The High Road  a comic spy story that heralds the return of Angus McLintock.

Angus McLintock, accidental Member of Parliament, has won re-election and is now the Minister of State for International Relations – or, in other words, he's the junior global affairs minister. In this new post, he and his trusty Chief of Staff, Daniel Addison, are in London to meet with their international counterparts to discuss the upcoming G8 Summit in Washington. Unfortunately, Angus is not in charge of Canada's involvement in the summit – that task falls to the actual Global Affairs Minister, not the junior one. What Angus is responsible for is planning a brief post-summit meeting in Ottawa between the Prime Minister and the President of Russia, the former head of the KGB.

The London meetings are all going to plan until Daniel receives a cryptic, late-night text, from a burner phone, directing him to a pub around the corner from their hotel. There is important information he needs to know, the mysterious texter says – but he must keep the meeting a secret, and must come alone. Naturally, he immediately tells Angus, who of course tags along to the pub – just as reinforcement. The soon-to-be-retired MI6 agent who is waiting for Daniel is not pleased, but there are more pressing matters at hand: Chechen separatists are plotting to assassinate the Russian President – and it’s going to happen when he’s in Ottawa to meet with the Prime Minister, just weeks away. Angus and Daniel have to put a stop to it before it's too late. Naturally, no one in Ottawa will take them, or their top-secret intelligence, seriously, so they’re on their own.

In an instant, they are thrown into a race against the clock to uncover the Chechen sleeper cell, thwart their plans, and ultimately save the Russian President. Along the way, in classic Angus and Daniel style, they have to dodge bitter rivals, enraged protestors, and even a runaway Cessna. This is a madcap cloak-and-dagger adventure with humour and heart that will delight and entertain readers until the very last page.

About Linden MacIntyre

Linden MacIntyre's bestselling first novel, The Long Stretch, was nominated for a CBA Libris Award and his boyhood memoir, Causeway: A Passage from Innocence, won both the Edna Staebler Award for Creative Non-fiction and the Evelyn Richardson Award. His second novel, The Bishop's Man, was a #1 national bestseller, won the Scotiabank Giller Prize, the Dartmouth Book Award, and the CBA Libris Fiction Book of the Year Award, among other honours. The third book in the loose-knit trilogy, Why Men Lie, was also a #1 bestseller as well as a Globe and Mail "Can't Miss" Book. His novels Punishment and The Only Cafe were also national bestsellers, as was his 2019 work of non-fiction, The Wake.

A distinguished broadcast journalist, MacIntyre, who was born in St. Lawrence, N.L. and grew up in Port Hastings, Cape Breton, spent 24 years as the co-host of the fifth estate. He has won 10 Gemini awards for his work. MacIntyre lives in Toronto with his wife, CBC radio host and author Carol Off. They spend their summers in a Cape Breton village by the sea.

Follow him on Twitter @macintyrelj.

About The Winter Wives

The Winter Wives tells a deceptively quiet story about friendship and secrets, which gradually reveals itself to be a gorgeous meditation on whether we can ever truly know the people we've loved the longest and the most.” Lynn Coady, author of Watching You Without Me 

A thrilling new psychological drama from Scotiabank Giller Prize winner Linden MacIntrye, weaving threads of crime, disability and dementia together into a tale of unrequited love and delusion.

Two old friends, who first met in university, get together for a weekend of golfing: Allan, a football hero, worldly and financially successful, and his quieter friend, nicknamed Byron, lame from a childhood injury, a smart fellow who became a lawyer but who has never left home, staying put so he could care for a mother with Alzheimer's.

During a long night of drinking, the fault lines between them start to show. One of the biggest: the two men married sisters, though Allan was the one who walked down the aisle with Peggy, the sister both of them loved, and Byron had to settle for Annie.

Out on the course the next morning, Allan suffers a stroke. In one traumatic moment, he loses control of his life, his wife and his business empire, which turns out to have been built on lies and the illegal drug trade. And Byron has to suddenly confront his own weaknesses and strengths, his tangled relationship with Allan and the Winter sisters – both the one he married and the one he thought was the love of his life. No one will anticipate the lengths to which Byron will go to make sense of his life.

About Host Zain Velji

Zain Velji is Partner and VP Strategy for Northweather, working with both companies and non-profits, as well as political campaigns. He was campaign manager for Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi’s 2017 run and worked on the campaigns for US Senator Elizabeth Warren and US President Barack Obama. Velji is the host of the award-winning podcast “The Strategists”, where he dissects political strategy and public affairs issues, and his writing has appeared in the Toronto Star, The Globe and Mail, and the National Post. He is a frequent public speaker and regular political commentator on CBC radio and television and co-hosted the 2019 federal election for CTV.

Curiouser?

  • Opinion: I've endured years of humiliation playing golf. So why did I write a novel about it? The Globe and Mail
  • Drugs, trucks and mistaken memories mark Linden MacIntyre's latest novel The Winter Wives Toronto Star
  • Terry Fallis says writing fiction that’s geared for laughs isn’t as easy as you’d think CBC Books
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