An Evening with Marina EndicottMonday Jun 08 2015 7:00 pm, Winnipeg, Grant Park in the Atrium
In conversation with host Debbie Patterson and signing her new novel Close to Hugh (Doubleday Canada). Co-presented by the Winnipeg International Writers Festival as part of our collaborative Spring Literary Series.
Close to Hugh takes an exuberantly existential look at youth and age, art and life, love and death over one week in the world of gallery-owner Hugh Argylle. With insight and mastery, Endicott creates surprising parallel worlds. Her ear for the cadences and concerns of two generations gives us both sets of friends on the cusp of reinvention. And as always in Endicott’s multi-layered fiction, below the surface tragicomedy lies something profound: a rare and rich perspective on what it means to fall and rise and fall again—and what in the end we owe to those we love.
Marina Endicott is the author of Good to a Fault, which won the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize for Best Book, Canada and the Caribbean, and was a finalist for the Scotiabank Giller Prize; The Little Shadows, which was longlisted for the Scotiabank Giller Prize; and Open Arms, which was shortlisted for the Amazon/Books in Canada First Novel Award. Endicott has been an actor, director, playwright and editor, and now lives in Edmonton, Alberta, where she teaches at the University of Edmonton and writes.
Debbie Patterson is a Winnipeg playwright, director and actor. Trained at the National Theatre School of Canada, she is a founding member of Shakespeare in the Ruins (SIR), served as Theatre Ambassador for Winnipeg’s Cultural Capital year and was the U of W Carol Shields Writer in Residence 2012. Currently she is serving as Artistic Associate at Prairie Theatre Exchange, Playwright in Residence at Theatre Projects Manitoba and is a member of the PTE Playwrights Unit. Playwriting credits include Sargent & Victor & Me, the musical Head, Candy From a Baby, and Molotov Circus. She lives in Winnipeg with her family.