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Why Terry Fallis loves to reread this Morley Callaghan classic

The award-winning novelist loves reading That Summer in Paris.
Terry Fallis is the author of several comedic novels. (Exile Editions, Tim Fallis)

Terry Fallis is the author of several comedic novels. His latest is the bestseller Albatross. He has won the Stephen Leacock Memorial Medal for Humour twice — for his debut novel The Best Laid Plans and No Relation — and has been a finalist five times. The Best Laid Plans won Canada Reads 2011, when it was defended by Ali Velshi.

Fallis told The Next Chapter that he enjoys rereading Morley Callaghan's 1963 book That Summer in Paris.

"A book that I often go back to is Morley Callaghan's That Summer in Paris. It chronicles Callaghan's time in Paris, starting in 1929. I go back to it because I love that era. I love the expat writing community in 1920s Paris — where the likes of F. Scott Fitzgerald and Ernest Hemingway and Ford Madox Ford and Gertrude Stein and Callaghan all roam the streets and the cafes of Paris drinking with each other.

 "To me, it was a very special time. I love this book by one of our great Canadian writers."

Terry Fallis's comments have been edited for length and clarity.