First, the Ottawa Citizen reviews the book and talks to Mr. Fallis: "Don’t buy this book expecting to split a gut. Up and Down is not laugh-out-loud funny. It is too poignant for that." Read the whole article here.
Secondly, check out an article on the Indigo Fiction blog in which Mr. Fallis guest blogs about his memories of the Apollo mission and submitting the manuscript of the book to Marc Garneau, Canada's first astronaut and current Liberal MP:
Marc Garneau doodled on a piece of paper to show me how a shuttle returning to earth circles high above the runway to bleed off the tremendous speed it carries back from space. When we were done, he tossed the scrap of paper into his garbage can. Feeling a bit more comfortable in his presence by then, I asked if I could keep that doodle. He pulled it out of his waste paper basket and gave it to me. I didn’t have the chutzpah to ask him to sign it.Read the rest of the post here.