Journal Reflections: Terry Fallis, Ania Szado, Zoe Whittall

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Today we are happy to share with you the works of Terry Fallis, Ania Szado, and Zoe Whittall.

ImageTerry Fallis is the author of The Best Laid Plans, a satirical novel that won the Leacock Medal for Humour and is in development for a six-part television series. In 2011, The Best Laid Plans was crowned the winner of CBC Canada Reads as the “essential Canadian novel of the decade.” McClelland & Stewart published the sequel to The Best Laid Plans, called The High Road, in September 2010. It was a finalist for the 2011 Stephen Leacock Medal for Humour. McClelland & Stewart published Terry’s third novel, Up and Down, in September 2012, and it debuted on The Globe and Mail bestsellers list.

When I write novels, I am a nearly fanatical outliner. I map out my settings, characters and story for months until I know almost all there is to know about the world.


Ania Szado‘s novel, Studio Saint-Ex, is a national bestseller in Canada and has sold to five countries to date. Her debut novel, Beginning of Was, was regionally shortlisted for the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing from UBC and an AOCA from Ontario College of Art. Ania mentors emerging writers and is the 2013 Writer-in-Residence for Whistler, BC.


Zoe Whittall‘s latest literary novel, Holding Still for as Long as Possible, won a 2011 Lambda Literary Award, was shortlisted for the ReLit award, named an American Library Association honour book, and has been optioned for film. Her debut novel Bottle Rocket Hearts  was named a Globe & Mail Best Book of the Year, made the CBC Canada Reads Top Ten Essential Novels of the decade, was translated into French and optioned for film. She won the Writers’ Trust of Canada’s Dayne Ogilvie Award in 2008. Her poetry books include The Best Ten Minutes of Your Life, The Emily Valentine Poems, and Precordial Thump. Her freelance journalism has appeared in The Walrus, The Believer, The Globe & Mail, The National Post, and Fashion Magazine.

I emailed my mother to say Happy Birthday from the Northland bus to Gravenhurst. Alison invited me to her family cottage in Muskoka to work on our novels.

I changed my title yesterday to “IF I survive you” or “the men who survive you”

Accidentally sprayed topical Benadryl on my legs instead of bug spray and am really hoping I won’t get drowsy and unable to write.


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