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Marina Endicott, author

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It was just another workday until Marina Endicott received the call she desperately hoped for. She was driving to work at the University of Alberta when her editor phoned to say her novel, Good to a Fault, had been shortlisted for the 2008 Giller Prize. The book follows a lonely woman who, consumed by guilt, begins caring for a family after her car crashes into theirs as they pursue a new life in Fort McMurray. In this interview from the CBC Radio program Edmonton AM, Endicott explains how she traces her novel's origins to a 2002 short story commissioned by the CBC.
• A native of Golden, B.C., Marina Endicott had long been an actor and playwright before she tried writing a novel. Her debut was 2001's Open Arms, which was shortlisted for the Amazon/Books in Canada First Novel Award.
  • Endicott has said she never suffers from writer's block. "I have the opposite problem, desperately trying to pry another three or four hours out of a day to find enough time to write," she told the Canadian Press in 2008.

• Besides being shortlisted for the Giller Prize, Endicott's 2008 novel Good to a Fault won the Commonwealth Writers' Prize in March 2009 for best book from the Canada/Caribbean region. 

Medium: Radio
Program: Edmonton AM
Broadcast Date: Oct. 8, 2008
Guest(s): Marina Endicott
Reporter: Ron Wilson
Duration: 5:19

Last updated: November 29, 2012

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