Thu Nov 5: Annual Men’s Dinner

The wit and wisdom of Terry Fallis

Each year, the St. John’smen social group hosts the highly regarded Men’s Dinner. The event is open to all male parishioners of St. John’s, and we encourage each attendee to bring his father or son. The agenda for the evening includes a social mixer, a full-course meal, presentation of “St. John’sman of the Year” award, and then a talk by a notable speaker.

Terry Fallis, writerThis year we are very honoured to have Terry Fallis join us. Terry Fallis has made a career working in both the Federal and Ontario governments, and later, for companies that offer consultation to governments. Now you might expect someone with that kind of work history to be rather humourless, but in Terry’s case, you would be very wrong. Terry has gone on to write five novels, all of them infused with humour as they tell stories with improbable and all-too-probable situations, and all of them bestsellers. (Well, the fifth one, Poles Apart, is not yet a bestseller but that’s because it will arrive on store shelves October 20.)

Terry’s adventures in writing and publishing

At the Men’s Dinner, Terry will tell us how he came to write a novel, why he wrote it, his many adventures in attempting to have it published, and how it has changed his life.

His first, The Best Laid Plans, won the Leacock Medal for Humour in 2008 and was selected as one of the ten “essential Canadian novel of the decade” by CBC Canada Reads in 2011. A story about a speechwriter’s not-so-simple attempt to quit the rough-and-tumble world of politics gives a wonderful insight into Parliament HIll and the political animals who thrive there.

His second novel, The High Road, was a finalist for the Leacock Medal in 2011, and his third, Up and Down, won the 2013 Ontario Library Association Evergreen Award.

His fourth novel, No Relation, is the story of a young copywriter named Earnest Hemmingway who, having lived in the shadow of the famous writer of similar name, decides to seize control of his own name and his own identity. It debuted on the Globe and Mail’s bestseller list and was a finalist for the 2015 Leacock Medal.

In his upcoming novel, Poles Apart, Terry looks at feminism, relationships, and the eternal quests of men and women to understand each other, in ways that are both funny and touching.

Fellowship and feasting, wit and wisdom

Gentlemen, please join us for what promises to be a memorable evening.

The Men’s Dinner

Presented by the St. John’smen
Thursday, November 5, 2015
6:30 – Reception – Garnsworthy Room
7:30 – Dinner – Auditorium

$30 per Person
$55 for Father and Son
(or Nephew, etc.)

Tickets are on sale in the foyer after the 10 a.m. services of October 18, 25, and November 1. Tickets can also be obtained by calling the church office at 416-225-6611.


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