In the fall of 2019, Terry Fallis and Linden MacIntyre spent an evening embracing the gaze of over two hundred Grimsby Author Series attendees. They made their way up the staircase of the Casablanca Hotel, sat on the folding chairs in the front row and had the pleasure of bantering with our gracious and articulate host, Ken Boichuk. On Monday, September 13, both of these award winning Canadian authors joined us virtually to once again consume us with details of their thoughtful new books.
Operation Angus has been a long awaited novel by Terry Fallis, not only because of his instinctual concept for how humans work but because of the resurrection of his character Angus McLintock. After nearly one thousand book talks over the years, Fallis says, “I always get asked about Best Laid Plans and they wonder when Angus will come back,” referring to his early novels. When Fallis last joined the Grimsby Author Series from the stage he revealed that he would deliver on Angus and Daniel Addison back in action in a comic thriller. He did not disappoint. It is the natural balance of Angus and Daniel, his trusty partner in politics, that brings readers back (and unabashedly asking for more). While Angus is gruff and true to his principles, Daniel is hapless and hopeless in a charming way while providing Angus with an understanding of the political world.
"I always get asked about Best Laid Plans and they wonder when Angus will come back."
An observant attendee was quick to ask Terry Fallis about his security clearance on Parliament Hill and if he required certain permissions to complete his eighth novel. With his infectious laugh, he provided his source in the form of a retired Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS) research analysis. Though Fallis did not have official approval, he claims he had plenty of influence!
The adventure paces along quickly in Operation Angus when the life of the Russian President is at stake and the duo must act fast before it is too late. Although the risk is substantial and tensions run high, humor continues to thrive within yet another Terry Fallis creation. As he reads an early passage, he does not hold back. A thick, practiced Scottish accent pours from Fallis with exuberance, engaging every syllable to provide a flavour of his immersive style. Book nine from this prolific author is in the works.
Linden MacIntyre is just as enthralling over the screen as he is in-person. In his newest book, The Winter Wives, MacIntyre brings us into a narrative full of secrets and examines the geometry of love. Allan is the university football player and later financially fortunate in his business. Byron appears as his mirror opposite; an average individual, lacking social growth and plagued by a childhood injury. The story dives deeper and deeper into the relationship between Allan and Byron as their mutual superficial bond takes on an urgent reality and the question must be asked, “Why do we need each other?” A conversation that is commonly scarce among business partners, this question is one that an intimate and important relationship must consider and one that too often arises in the face of a quantifying situation. It is a question that Linden MacIntyre reflects upon, asking readers to invest so much more than the turning of a page. The Winter Wives explores the bond between Allan and Byron and their respective partners, the Winter sisters, Peggy and Annie. Though Byron married Annie, he considers Peggy the love of his life. The tangled web becomes more haphazard when Allan has a stroke and the state of his unethical business practices are revealed leaving Byron to make sense of who he is. The Winter wives are essential to the survival of Allan and Byron, they are the infrastructure of their lives, their relationship to one another hangs on the connection they have with both Peggy and Annie. Byron will discover that experience changes us all.
To Terry Fallis and Linden MacIntyre, thank you for an immersive evening so full of thoughtfully answered questions that will have us reminiscing over and over. These two authors are giants within Canadian literature and have a total of eleven combined visits to the Grimsby Author Series. We are grateful to begin our 21st season with such influential writers!
Thank you to our sponsors, both new and continued: Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra, Objects to Desire, Malivoire Wine Company, The Home Team Realty Group, Melrose Investments and Rosehaven Homes. For more from our authors, including their new releases Operation Angus by Terry Fallis and The Winter Wives by Linden MacIntyre, visit our dear Epic Books in Hamilton.
This blog post was written by our wonderful guest blogger Teanne Teeft, thanks Teanne!