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The Best Laid Plans Discussion

Ali Velshi and Terry Fallis on Q

If you and your book club want to tackle The Best Laid Plans, now is your chance! CBC Books is running a contest for book clubs across the country: win a visit from author Terry Fallis. The lucky book club......

Final words from the Canada Reads in-house defenders

Well, folks, here we are. On Monday morning, our steadfast Canada Reads defenders will turn the reins over to the celebrity panelists. From there, it will be three days of live, no-holds-barred fighting. So, as they say their goodbyes, the......

The Canada Reads team offers advice

The Canada Reads team has stepped up to the plate to defend their chosen title every week. They're now experts on the subtleties of strategy, how to dodge punches (both metaphorical and physical) and what it takes to give it......

The Canada Reads team sizes up the competition

This week we asked the Canada Reads defenders to take the measure of their competition: who would be their chosen book's toughest opponent in the debates? All were equally respectful of their rivals, but they certainly had different notions of......

The Canada Reads literary places contest

Last week, the Canada Reads debaters revealed their favourite characters from this year's novels. This inspired us to turn the tables and ask you: who is your favourite fictional character? Everyone from venomous villains to handsome heroes got a vote......

The Canada Reads team chooses their favourite scenes

The Canada Reads defenders are back this week, this time ready to declare their favourite scenes in their chosen books. From hovercrafts to healers, each scene is as striking and memorable as the last. How this team chose a favourite,......

Podcast: Ali Velshi talks The Best Laid Plans

As this year's Canada Reads debates draw closer — have you circled February 7, 8 and 9 on your calendar? — we're gearing up by putting the spotlight on each of the panelists. Last week, we caught up with Debbie......

Meet CNN broadcaster Ali Velshi

Last week, we looked at Ami McKay's The Birth House here on the Canada Reads site. This week, we're going from small-town gossip to big-time politics as we turn our attention to The Best Laid Plans by Terry Fallis. We'll......

The Canada Reads team explores their favourite characters

Before the holidays, we had members of the Canada Reads team each pick a current contender to defend. They explored their chosen title's first impressions, essentialness and Canadianness. Now it is 2011 and the team is back in action. The first......

Listen to the Canada Reads 2011 authors on The Next Chapter

Shelagh Rogers interviewed each of the Canada Reads 2011 authors for The Next Chapter. These interviews aired weekly from November 29, 2010 to December 27, 2010. Ami McKay talked about how her own home inspired the story that would becomeThe......

Ali Velshi and Terry Fallis at the Canada Reads launch

This is the time of year when it's customary to review the highlights of the past 12 months and trot out "best of" and "worst of" lists in various categories. This week at Canada Reads, we've put together our own look back: we're posting video......

The Canada Reads dinner party contest

Last week we asked you to tell us which Canada Reads book was most "Canadian." It's a topic that comes up time and time again in Canadian literature, so it's always interesting to see how readers define what makes a read......

The Canada Reads team debates the 'essentialness' of their chosen books

The theme of this year's Canada Reads campaign was finding the "Essential Canadian Novels of the Decade." Given the theme, the final five were very surprising. Only one is a major award-winner (The Best Laid Plans won the Stephen Leacock Medal......

Meet Terry Fallis's The Best Laid Plans

Listen: In the clip below, author Terry Fallis reads from Chapter 2 of The Best Laid Plans. In this scene, former political speechwriter Daniel Addison has decided the answer to his get-out-of-politics prayers is his new landlord, engineering professor......

Book bloggers weigh in on the Canada Reads final five

  There was a lot of conversation surrounding this year's Canada Reads campaign, both on and off our website. We love when people get into the spirit of Canada Reads and take to Twitter, Facebook and their personal blogs to......

Ali Velshi defends: The Best Laid Plans by Terry Fallis

The book: The peccadilloes of Parliament Hill's political animals are the subject of The Best Laid Plans, Terry Fallis's hilarious first novel, which won the 2008 Stephen Leacock Medal for Humour. Read more >> The author: No stranger to......
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