Marina Endicott

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Marina Endicott (born in 1958) is a Canadian novelist and short story writer. Her second novel, Good to a Fault, won the 2009 Commonwealth Writers Prize for Canada and the Caribbean and was short listed for the Giller Prize. Her third, The Little Shadows, was short listed for the Governor General's Literary Award.

Personal life[edit]

Endicott was born in Golden, British Columbia in 1958, the daughter of an Anglican priest; she grew up in Vancouver, Halifax and Yarmouth, Nova Scotia, and Toronto, Ontario. She 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. She was for many years the dramaturge of the Saskatchewan Playwrights Centre. In 1992 she went farther west with husband Peter Ormshaw to Mayerthorpe, Alberta, on his first posting with the RCMP;[1] they have since lived in Cochrane and Edmonton, and have two children: Will (1993) and Rachel (1996). They presently (2013) live in Edmonton, Alberta.

Writing career[edit]

Endicott was an actor and director for many years before beginning a second career as a writer of fiction. When asked why she switched, she explained:

Being an actor isn't an easy life. The work is so ephemeral... I write novels instead of plays because I like the intimate link of the silent writer and the silent reader.[2]

Endicott’s first short story appeared in Grain in 1985. Her stories have been anthologized in Coming Attractions and short-listed for the 1993 Journey Prize. Her first novel, Open Arms (2001), was a finalist for the Amazon.ca/Books in Canada First Novel Award and was broadcast on CBC Radio's Between the Covers in 2003. Good to a Fault was selected for the 2010 edition of CBC Radio's Canada Reads, defended by broadcaster Simi Sara. Her long poem about the Mayerthorpe incident, "The Policeman's Wife, Some Letters", was short-listed for the CBC Literary Awards in 2006.

Her third novel, The Little Shadows, published by Doubleday in 2011, was shortlisted for the 2011 Governor General's Award for Fiction.

She co-wrote the screenplay for the 2012 documentary film, Vanishing Point.[3]

Prize and honours[edit]

Bibliography[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Ormshaw has also had two careers, first as a poet then as a Mountie - Wall Street Journal p. W3, 2 April 2010
  2. ^ Wall Street Journal p. W3, 2 April 2010
  3. ^ Volmers, Eric (29 September 2012). "Calgary International Film Festival: National Film Board documentary, Vanishing Point, offers environmental message with a subtle touch". Calgary Herald. Retrieved 10 March 2014.