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Of Art, Entertainment, Writing and Life – Author Talk with Marina Endicott

Marina Endicott (author of Good to a Fault and Open Arms) spoke to the audience about the research process for her book The Little Shadows. It was a fine closer for the festival.

Endicott used a PowerPoint presentation (her first!) to show the audience pictures of the vaudeville entertainers and Cochrane, Alberta that populate her story. Her thoughts on the sense of real life behind the photographs influenced her writing of the book, and the reading she shared.

The first reading Endicott shared was of three sisters sending people home from the vaudeville show with the old soldiers behind the scenes. Her reading was filled with details of Aurora, Clover and Bella’s life as closers of the Canadian vaudeville show. Details pervaded all of the readings in the evening.

She described for us the sheer profusion of different vaudeville acts, so many different feats of strength, and posing acts and the monologue, which isn’t just Bob Hope, and shaped the character of Julius Foster Konigsberg in the tale. She also showed us the theatres she travelled to for her research, some that made it into the book and some that didn’t. Endicott showed us pictures of pages from the books that were essential research materials, flipping back and forth between her research and reading bits from her book they inspired.

All in all, Marina Endicott and her research process made for a fascinating presentation of how researching a century-old setting made for her richly detailed fiction and world.

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Where to Check Out Festival Titles

With just under two weeks before the festival, now would be a fabulous time to brush up on our fantastic headlining authors’ books. Whether you want to power through all of them or get a group together to read one and discuss before the festival, the North Shore Writers Fest authors offer something for everyone. The following provides a list of the headlining authors’ most popular titles with links into each of the sponsoring librarys’ catalogues (where you can find descriptions and holdings info):

North Vancouver City Library:

Marina Endicott’s The Little Shadows , Good to a Fault and Open Arms

Anita Rau Badami’s Tell it to the Trees, The Hero’s Walk and Tamarind Mem

Daniel Kalla’s The Far Side of the Sky, Pandemic and Resistance

North Vancouver District Public Library:

Marina Endicott’s The Little Shadows, Good to a Fault and Open Arms

Anita Rau Badami’s Tell it to the Trees, The Hero’s Walk and Tamarind Mem

Daniel Kalla’s The Far Side of the Sky, Pandemic and Resistance

West Vancouver Memorial Library:

Marina Endicott’s The Little Shadows, Good to a Fault and Open Arms

Anita Rau Badami’s Tell it to the Trees, The Hero’s Walk and Tamarind Mem

Daniel Kalla’s The Far Side of the Sky, Pandemic and Resistance


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Kalla, Badami & Endicott at the Festival

I am so pleased to present the authors who will be giving talks at the North Shore Writers Festival this year.

First up we have Vancouverite Daniel Kalla who will speak about his latest novel The Far Side of the Sky  The story opens in 1938 with the Adlers, a prominent Austrian family seeking refuge in an embattled Shanghai ghetto.  Historical intrigue, medical drama, and romance enliven this grand, fast-paced tale of courage, hope and the importance of family amidst a world in turmoil.

From Asia we return home to a small town in northern BC, the setting of Anita Rau Badami’s Tell It to the Trees, a suspenseful saga about the secrets of the Dharma family.  It is ultimately a mystery with many layers where:  “Truth was a shifting, shy thing, like sunlight changing from moment to moment, unknowable even if you spent your life in the heart of it.”

Moving back in time to the beginning of the twentieth century, Marina Endicott’s The Little Shadows is an intricately crafted tale of three sisters in their teens who are thrust into the spotlight of Canada’s vaudeville scene after their father’s sudden death.  Endicott draws upon her past as an actress and playwright  in the construction of this Giller longlisted novel as a play complete with humour, sorrow and melodrama.

Come for one event or stay for the day on Saturday April 21st in the Welsh Hall – West Vancouver Memorial Library (1950 Marine Drive).  Daniel Kalla (4:00 – 5:00), Anita Rau Badami (6:00 – 7:00) and Marina Endicott (7:15 – 8:15).