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Writing in Public: A Reading and Talk with Marina Endicott

Date & Time:
March 12, 2013 | 8:30 pm

While walking through the University of Alberta’s Humanities Centre, you may come across Marina Endicott’s office. Unlike other writers-in-residence, Marina doesn’t mind the fishbowl effect of the huge window, and writing on display. On Tuesday, March 12, 2013, Marina will switch campuses to read from her novel-in-progress Hughtopia and speak on how public writing – book club visitations, writers’ festivals, and even being a writer-in-residence – feeds into or disrupts the writing process. The 7:30 p.m. reading and talk in the Taylor Family Digital Library’s Gallery Hall will be free and open to the general public. A book signing and reception will follow.

Marina Endicott, 2012-13 Writer-in-Residence at the University of Alberta, comes to Calgary courtesy of the exchange program between the Calgary Distinguished Writers Program and the Department of English at the U of A. Each year, these institutions host the other school’s writer-in-residence for free public events.

Marina Endicott was born in Golden, BC, and grew up in Nova Scotia and Toronto.  She worked as an actor and director in Toronto before moving to London, England, where she began to write fiction. In 1984 she went west to Saskatoon, where she ran the Saskatchewan Playwrights Centre for many years before going farther west to Mayerthorpe, Alberta, for her husband Peter Ormshaw's first posting with the RCMP. Endicott's novel Open Arms was short-listed for the Amazon First Novel award in 2002. Her second, Good to a Fault, a finalist for the 2008 Giller Prize, was a CBC Canada Reads contender and won the 2009 Commonwealth Prize for Best Book, Canada/Caribbean. Her third, The Little Shadows, was shortlisted for the 2011 Governor General's Award. She is at work on a new novel, Hughtopia.

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Tuesday, March 12, 2013
7:30 p.m.
Gallery Hall, Taylor Family Digital Library, University of Calgary