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Up and Down

The author of the Stephen Leacock Medal-winning The Best Laid Plans brings his trademark humour and sharp storytelling to a new novel set in the high-stakes world of a global public relations agency. On his first day at Turner King, David Stewart quickly realizes that the world of international PR (affectionately, perhaps ironically, known as "the dark side") is a far cry from his previous job on Parliament Hill. For one, he missed the office memo on the all-black dress code; for another, there are enough acronyms and jargon to make his head spin. Before he even has time to find the washroom, David is assigned a major project: devise a campaign to revitalize North America's interest in the space program - maybe even show NASA's pollsters that watching a shuttle launch is more appealing than going out for lunch with friends. The pressure is on, and before long, David finds himself suggesting the most out-of-this-world idea imaginable: a Citizen Astronaut lottery that would send one Canadian and one American to the International Space Station. Suddenly, David's vaulted into an odyssey of his own, navigating the corporate politics of a big PR agency; wading through the murky but always hilarious waters of Canada-U.S. relations; and trying to hold on to his new job while still doing the right thing.

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The author of the Stephen Leacock Medal-winning The Best Laid Plans brings his trademark humour and sharp storytelling to a new novel set in the high-stakes world of a global public relations agency. On his first day at Turner King, David Stewart quickly realizes that the world of international PR (affectionately, perhaps ironically, known as "the dark side") is a far cry from his previous job on Parliament Hill. For one, he missed the office memo on the all-black dress code; for another, there are enough acronyms and jargon to make his head spin. Before he even has time to find the washroom, David is assigned a major project: devise a campaign to revitalize North America's interest in the space program - maybe even show NASA's pollsters that watching a shuttle launch is more appealing than going out for lunch with friends. The pressure is on, and before long, David finds himself suggesting the most out-of-this-world idea imaginable: a Citizen Astronaut lottery that would send one Canadian and one American to the International Space Station. Suddenly, David's vaulted into an odyssey of his own, navigating the corporate politics of a big PR agency; wading through the murky but always hilarious waters of Canada-U.S. relations; and trying to hold on to his new job while still doing the right thing.

Rank #1: Up and Down: Chapter 3

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Welcome to the podcast edition of Up and Down, a comic novel read by the author, Terry Fallis.

In Chapter 3, David Stewart and the Turner King team make their big presentation to NASA. it doesn't quite unfold as they had rehearsed it.

The voiceover that opens each episode belongs to my friend, Roger Dey.

You can find the podcast on iTunes and the author's blog. Comments are welcome.

Jun 16 2012

35mins

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Rank #2: Up and Down: Chapter 4

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Welcome to the podcast edition of Up and Down, a comic novel read by the author, Terry Fallis.

In Chapter 4, David is swamped at the office and can't spend as much time as he'd like with his ailing mother. As well, he and his colleagues at Turner King organize and execute the news conference to launch the Citizen Astronaut contest.

The voiceover the opens each podcast episdoe is provided by Roger Dey.

You can find the podcast at iTunes or the author's blog.

Jun 23 2012

33mins

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Rank #3: Up and Down: Chapter 10

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Welcome to the podcast edition of Up and Down, a comic novel read by the author, Terry Fallis.

In Chapter 10, we discover whether David Stewart's brinksmanship in Chapter 9 actually pays off.

The voiceover that opens each episode of the podcast was provided by Roger Dey.

You can find this podcast at iTunes or at the author's blog.

Aug 02 2012

40mins

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Rank #4: Up and Down: Chapter 8

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Welcome to the podcast edition of Up and Down, a comic novel read by the author, Terry Fallis.

In Chapter 8, David makes a valiant attempt to convince his colleagues at Turner King that Landon Percival would make the perfect Canadian Citizen Astronaut. As well, there's bad news on the home front.

The voiceover that opens each episode of the podcast was provided by Roger Dey.

You can find this podcast on iTunes or at the author's blog.

Jul 20 2012

29mins

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Rank #5: Up and Down: Chapter 7

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Welcome to the podcast edition of Up and Down, a comic novel read by the author, Terry Fallis.

In Chapter 7, David hears the rest of Landon Percival's remarkable story. Then she shows him something that makes his head, and every other part of his body, spin.

The voiceover the opens each episode of the podcast was provided by Roger Dey.

You can find the podcast on iTunes or at the author's blog.

Jul 14 2012

35mins

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Rank #6: Up and Down: Chapter 6

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Welcome to the podcast edition of Up and Down, a comic novel read by the author, Terry Fallis.

In Chapter 6, David Stewart makes a harrowing journey to Cigar Lake, British Columbia and comes face-to-face with the elusive Landon Percival, the Canadian winner of the Citizen Astronaut contest.

The voiceover that opens each podcast episode is provided by Roger Dey.

The podcast can be found on iTunes or the author's blog.

Jul 06 2012

39mins

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Rank #7: Up and Down: Chapter 5

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Welcome to the podcast edition of Up and Down, a comic novel read by the author, Terry Fallis.

In Chapter 5, David endures an uncomfortable phone call with the head of the Turner King Washington office, Crawford Blake, and the possibility of a national postal strike threatens the Citizen Astronaut contest.

The voiceover that opens each episode of the podcast was provided by Roger Dey.

You can find the podcast at iTunes or on the author's blog.

Jun 28 2012

33mins

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Rank #8: Up and Down: Chapter 12

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Welcome to the podcast edition of Up and Down, a comic novel read by the author, Terry Fallis.

In Chapter 12, Landon sparks a rally at the gates of the Johnson Space Centre, and not in a good way, and there's a major shake-up at Turner King.

The voiceover that opens each podcast episode was provided by Roger Dey.

You can find this podcast at iTunes or at the author's blog.

Aug 18 2012

32mins

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Rank #9: Up and Down: Chapter 11

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Welcome to the podcast edition of Up and Down, a comic novel read by the author, Terry Fallis.

In Chapter 11, Landon Percival brings along a chaperone as she heads to Houston to start her astronaut training, and David Stewart digs up something that was supposed to remain buried.

The voiceover that opens each episode of the podcast was provided by Roger Dey.

You can find this podcast at iTunes or at the author's blog,

Aug 11 2012

34mins

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Rank #10: Up and Down: Chapter 9

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Welcome to the podcast edition of Up and Down, a comic novel read by the author, Terry Fallis.

In Chapter 9, David and his sister Lauren make their mother's final arrangements, and then David makes a few arrangments of his own.

The voiceover that opens each episode of the podcast was provided by Roger Dey.

You can find this podcast at iTunes or on the authors's blog.

Jul 28 2012

35mins

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Up and Down: Chapter 17

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Welcome to the podcast edition of Up and Down, a comic novel read by the author, Terry Fallis.

In Chapter 17, the final chapter in the novel, David Stewart makes an unexpected trip out to Cigar Lake, B.C.

The voiceover that opens each episode of the podcast was provided by Roger Dey.

You can find this podcast at iTunes or on the author's blog.

Sep 22 2012

33mins

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Up and Down: Chapter 16

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Welcome to the podcast edition of Up and Down, a comic novel read by the author, Terry Fallis.

In Chapter 16, Landon and the rest of the Aeres crew make a triumphant return to Earth, and David has a near-death experience when he makes it back to the Turner King office in Toronto.

The voiceover that opens each episode of this podcast was provided by Roger Dey.

You can find this podcast at iTunes or at the author's blog.

Sep 14 2012

32mins

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Up and Down: Chapter 15

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Welcome to the podcast edition of Up and Down, a comic novel, read by the author, Terry Fallis.

In Chapter 15, the crew of the shuttle Aeres comes aboard the Internationl Space Station and Landon is forced to dust off some skills she hasn't used in a long time.

The voiceover that opens each episode of this podcast was provided by Roger Dey.

You can find this podcast at iTunes or at the author's blog.

Sep 08 2012

36mins

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Up and Down: Chapter 14

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Welcome to the podcast edition of Up and Down, a comic novel read by the author Terry Fallis.

In Chapter 14, the scene shifts to the Kennedy Space Centre in Florida where Landon suits up for the ride of her life, and David greets an unexpected visitor.

The voiceover that opens each episode of this podcast was provided by Roger Dey.

You can find this podcast at iTunes or on the author's blog.

Sep 01 2012

34mins

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Up and Down: Chapter 13

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Welcome to the podcast edition of Up and Down, a comic novel read by the author, Terry Fallis.

In Chapter 13, Landon and Eugene take a ride on the famed "Vomit Comet" and then fly to California to go for a spin on the 20 G centrifuge.

The voiceover that opens each podcast episode was provided by Roger Dey.

You can find the podcast at iTunes or on the author's blog.

Aug 25 2012

37mins

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Up and Down: Chapter 12

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Welcome to the podcast edition of Up and Down, a comic novel read by the author, Terry Fallis.

In Chapter 12, Landon sparks a rally at the gates of the Johnson Space Centre, and not in a good way, and there's a major shake-up at Turner King.

The voiceover that opens each podcast episode was provided by Roger Dey.

You can find this podcast at iTunes or at the author's blog.

Aug 18 2012

32mins

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Up and Down: Chapter 11

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Welcome to the podcast edition of Up and Down, a comic novel read by the author, Terry Fallis.

In Chapter 11, Landon Percival brings along a chaperone as she heads to Houston to start her astronaut training, and David Stewart digs up something that was supposed to remain buried.

The voiceover that opens each episode of the podcast was provided by Roger Dey.

You can find this podcast at iTunes or at the author's blog,

Aug 11 2012

34mins

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Up and Down: Chapter 10

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Welcome to the podcast edition of Up and Down, a comic novel read by the author, Terry Fallis.

In Chapter 10, we discover whether David Stewart's brinksmanship in Chapter 9 actually pays off.

The voiceover that opens each episode of the podcast was provided by Roger Dey.

You can find this podcast at iTunes or at the author's blog.

Aug 02 2012

40mins

Play

Up and Down: Chapter 9

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Welcome to the podcast edition of Up and Down, a comic novel read by the author, Terry Fallis.

In Chapter 9, David and his sister Lauren make their mother's final arrangements, and then David makes a few arrangments of his own.

The voiceover that opens each episode of the podcast was provided by Roger Dey.

You can find this podcast at iTunes or on the authors's blog.

Jul 28 2012

35mins

Play

Up and Down: Chapter 8

Podcast cover
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Welcome to the podcast edition of Up and Down, a comic novel read by the author, Terry Fallis.

In Chapter 8, David makes a valiant attempt to convince his colleagues at Turner King that Landon Percival would make the perfect Canadian Citizen Astronaut. As well, there's bad news on the home front.

The voiceover that opens each episode of the podcast was provided by Roger Dey.

You can find this podcast on iTunes or at the author's blog.

Jul 20 2012

29mins

Play

Up and Down: Chapter 7

Podcast cover
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Welcome to the podcast edition of Up and Down, a comic novel read by the author, Terry Fallis.

In Chapter 7, David hears the rest of Landon Percival's remarkable story. Then she shows him something that makes his head, and every other part of his body, spin.

The voiceover the opens each episode of the podcast was provided by Roger Dey.

You can find the podcast on iTunes or at the author's blog.

Jul 14 2012

35mins

Play

Up and Down: Chapter 6

Podcast cover
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Welcome to the podcast edition of Up and Down, a comic novel read by the author, Terry Fallis.

In Chapter 6, David Stewart makes a harrowing journey to Cigar Lake, British Columbia and comes face-to-face with the elusive Landon Percival, the Canadian winner of the Citizen Astronaut contest.

The voiceover that opens each podcast episode is provided by Roger Dey.

The podcast can be found on iTunes or the author's blog.

Jul 06 2012

39mins

Play

Up and Down: Chapter 5

Podcast cover
Read more

Welcome to the podcast edition of Up and Down, a comic novel read by the author, Terry Fallis.

In Chapter 5, David endures an uncomfortable phone call with the head of the Turner King Washington office, Crawford Blake, and the possibility of a national postal strike threatens the Citizen Astronaut contest.

The voiceover that opens each episode of the podcast was provided by Roger Dey.

You can find the podcast at iTunes or on the author's blog.

Jun 28 2012

33mins

Play

Up and Down: Chapter 4

Podcast cover
Read more

Welcome to the podcast edition of Up and Down, a comic novel read by the author, Terry Fallis.

In Chapter 4, David is swamped at the office and can't spend as much time as he'd like with his ailing mother. As well, he and his colleagues at Turner King organize and execute the news conference to launch the Citizen Astronaut contest.

The voiceover the opens each podcast episdoe is provided by Roger Dey.

You can find the podcast at iTunes or the author's blog.

Jun 23 2012

33mins

Play

Up and Down: Chapter 3

Podcast cover
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Welcome to the podcast edition of Up and Down, a comic novel read by the author, Terry Fallis.

In Chapter 3, David Stewart and the Turner King team make their big presentation to NASA. it doesn't quite unfold as they had rehearsed it.

The voiceover that opens each episode belongs to my friend, Roger Dey.

You can find the podcast on iTunes and the author's blog. Comments are welcome.

Jun 16 2012

35mins

Play

Up and Down: Chapter 2

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Welcome to the podcast edition of Up and Down, a comic novel read by the author, Terry Fallis.

In Chapter 2, David Stewart spends more time with his ailing mother, tries to be get along with his new colleagues at Tuner King, and heads to Washington, DC for the big pitch to NASA.

The voiceover that opens each episode belongs to my friend, Roger Dey.

The podcast is available on iTunes or at the author's blog. Comments can be left at the blog or via email to tfallis@gmail.com.

Jun 10 2012

36mins

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Up and Down: Chapter 1

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Welcome to the podcast edition of Up and Down, a comic novel read by the author, Terry Fallis.

In Chapter 1, we meet the narrator, David Stewart, as he stumbles his way through his first day as a newly-minted public relations professional in the Toronto office of the multinational PR agency, Turner King. He is working on a joint Washington-Toronto team to pitch a new client, NASA. The challenge is to rekindle public interest in the space program in Canada and the U.S. David also reconnects with his sister, Lauren, and his ailing mother.

The voice-over that opens each podcast belongs to my friend, Roger Dey.

The podcast can be found on iTunes and at www.terryfallis.com. Comments are welcome on the blog or via email to tfallis@gmail.com.

Jun 02 2012

34mins

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By Blairisbuffy - Jul 10 2012
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I am loving this book! Thank you for podcasting. This is the story of a Toronto PR firm running a contest to put an average citizen on the international space station. The story is told with lots of humor while still maintaining believable characters. I will be reading the author's other books as soon as I can get my hands on them. Highly recommended.