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International Festival of Authors presents Marina Endicott, Nino Ricci, Anne Enright and Deanna Young in Parry Sound

The International Festival of Authors returns to Parry Sound on Thursday 29 October 2015. That evening four authors with International reputations will share the stage at the Charles W. Stockey centre, Anne Enright and Nino Ricci, Deanna Young and Marina Endicott.

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Canadian author Marina Endicott has been an actor, director, playwright and editor. She currently teaches at the University of Edmonton and divides her time between Edmonton and Toronto. Her most recent novel Close to Hugh, an exuberant and poignant novel about how two generations navigate rites of passage in a seemingly ordinary small town, was longlisted for this year’s Scotiabank Giller Prize. She is also the author of Good to a Fault, which won the Commonwealth Writers' Prize for Best Book (Canada/Caribbean) and was a finalist for the 2008 Scotiabank Giller Prize. She also received recognition for The Little Shadows, which was longlisted for the Scotiabank Giller Prize, and Open Arms, which was shortlisted for the Amazon/Books in Canada First Novel Award.

International Festival of Authors Parry Sound committee member Gillian Holden writes about Close to Hugh


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In Close to Hugh, Marina Endicott has created a tragicomedy about the intertwined lives of three generations living in a smallish Ontario city.  Hugh is the centre of the story, owner of an art gallery, and generous to a fault as well as to his own financial detriment.  He tries to take responsibility for the needs and wants of the others who are living in his sphere.  Central to the story is the relationship between Hugh, Newell and Della, who all lived with a foster mother, Ruth (Aunt Truth) on and off throughout their childhoods.  Hugh’s mother is facing the end of her life, his friends may be facing the end of their marriage, and the teenagers in the book are beginning to realize their talents and their destinies.  Through all these events, as well as a tragedy involving a gallery customer’s wife and young son, Hugh is constantly on the move, in order to be helpful to those who need him.  All of this is made more difficult as the result of a concussion Hugh suffers following a fall from a ladder.

Endicott capitalizes on Hugh’s name with her ‘punderful’ titles for the chapters that propel the story forward.  Interspersed with these are sections in which other characters are heard: Della speaks primarily in free verse and stream of consciousness while her daughter, L, and L’s friend Orion, are also given voice.  Close to Hugh is a vivid and poignant story that encourages the reader to consider carefully what we can do for those closest to us.  

Marina Endicott, joined by Nino Ricci, Anne Enright and Deanna Young will present readings from their most recent books – taking the words off the page in an exhilarating evening of literary readings in Parry Sound.

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