Marina Endicott was well known in theatre circles — as a playwright, actor and director — before she turned her hand to fiction. Now, with two award-winning novels to her credit, she's become known in CanLit circles, too.
Marina's first novel, Open Arms, was shortlisted for the 2001 Amazon/Books in Canada First Novel Award and was adapted for CBC Radio's Between the Covers.
Her second book, Good to a Fault (2008), won the regional Commonwealth Writers' Prize (Canada and the Caribbean), made the shortlist of the Scotiabank Giller Prize and was long-listed for the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award. It was also one of the Globe and Mail's Top 100 Books for 2008.
Marina's short fiction has been featured in anthologies and shortlisted for both the Journey Prize and the Western Magazine Awards.
Born in Golden, British Columbia, Marina grew up in Halifax and Yarmouth, Nova Scotia, and Toronto. She moved to London, England, to pursue her career in theatre, but returned to Canada in 1984 and settled in Saskatoon. For many years, she served as dramaturge of the Saskatchewan Playwrights Centre and associate dramaturge at the Banff's Centre's Playwrights Colony.
Marina now lives in Edmonton, and teaches creative writing at the University of Alberta.