Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Canada Reads Book Club: Marina Endicott

The first novel up to bat for CRBC 2010 was Good to Fault by Marina Endicott. Main reason for it being first? We were ashamedly ignorant of the fact that we lived in the same city as Endicott. D'oh! So we thought we would make her novel our first reading priority to make up for said ignorance.

The novel was impressive for a couple reasons ... but you'll have to wait just a wee a bit longer for our review. While we continue to pull our review together though, we thought it important to provide some background information on the author and novel to build a little anticipation!

Brief Biography
Born in Golden, British Columbia in 1958.
Grew up in Halifax and Yarmouth, Nova Scotia, and Toronto, Ontario.
Worked as an actor before moving to London, England, where she began to write fiction. Returning to Canada in 1984, she went west to Saskatoon and worked in theatre as a director and dramaturge.
Was for many years the dramaturge of the Saskatchewan Playwrights Centre.
Lives in Edmonton, Alberta.
Has two children: Will and Rachel.

First novel, Open Arms, was a finalist for the 2001 in Canada First Novel Award.
Open Arms was broadcast on CBC Radio's Between the Covers in 2003 (access through iTunes podcasts).
Long poem, "The Policeman's Wife, Some Letters", was short-listed for the 2006 CBC Literary Awards.
Second novel, Good to a Fault, was a finalist for the 2008 Giller Prize.
Good to a Fault won the 2009 Commonwealth Writers Prize for Canada and the Caribbean.

Interview and article at
Interview with Marina over at All Things Said & Done.

Quill & Quire
The Globe and Mail
Canadian Literature
Vue Weekly
Book Slut
United Church Observer

1 comment:

  1. halfway through and loving this book..... my first entry into my bookclub..that I have just started on my blog... please give me suggestions if you have any good books!