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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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Up and Down: Chapter 3

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.

35mins

16 Jun 2012

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Up and Down: Chapter 4

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.

33mins

23 Jun 2012

Rank #2

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Up and Down: Chapter 10

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.

40mins

2 Aug 2012

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Up and Down: Chapter 8

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.

29mins

20 Jul 2012

Rank #4

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Up and Down: Chapter 7

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.

35mins

14 Jul 2012

Rank #5

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Up and Down: Chapter 6

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.

39mins

6 Jul 2012

Rank #6

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Up and Down: Chapter 5

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.

33mins

28 Jun 2012

Rank #7

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Up and Down: Chapter 12

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.

32mins

18 Aug 2012

Rank #8

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Up and Down: Chapter 11

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,

34mins

11 Aug 2012

Rank #9

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Up and Down: Chapter 9

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.

35mins

28 Jul 2012

Rank #10