Tsawwassen author's book gets boost after late-night laughs

A Tsawwassen author's book recently got some exposure on Jimmy Fallon's late night TV show.

Learning to Play with a Lion's Testicles was included in a September edition of the Do Not Read List, a reoccurring bit on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.

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"Canadian author Alice Munro won this year's Nobel Prize for Literature and Canadian-born Eleanor Catton won the Man Booker Prize," debut author Melissa Haynes said in a press release.

"As for me, Fallon just pushed sales of my book through the roof and put my book on the map, so I feel very blessed."

The book, released earlier this year, shares Haynes' experiences of volunteering at a Big Five game preserve in South Africa.

The title of the book, which Fallon poked fun at, is a South African expression meaning "to take chances," she notes.

Haynes posted a video in response to her book being included on the list on YouTube.

Both that video and the original bit from the late night show can be seen on Haynes' website www.melissajhaynes.com.

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