I don’t know about you, but I’m getting super excited for this year’s North Shore Writers Festival, at the West Vancouver Memorial Library on April 21st. I’m especiall looking forward to the three headlining authors, Marina Endicott, Anita Rau Badami and Daniel Kalla. In case you want to brush up on their books before the festival, here’s a few tidbits about each to whet your literary appetites, including links into our catalogue!
Marina Endicott worked as an actor before becomming a writer. This background can be felt in her new book about vaudeville performers in the early 1900s, The Little Shadows, which was shortlisted for the 2011 Governor General’s Award for Fiction and longlisted for the 2011 Scotiabank Giller Prize. Her 2008 novel, Good to a Fault, about the aftermath of a car accident, was shortlisted for the Giller Prize and won the 2009 Commonwealth Writers Prize for Best Book.
The Globe and Mail said this of The Little Shadows: “… it has Endicott’s wry sensibility, her pithy lyricism and her skill at pulling the rug out from under the reader’s feet. Like (her) previous novel, this one also concerns itself with big ideas: the point of art, sisterly and familial love and, as the war’s shadow extends and darkens, the meaning of life itself.”
Anita Rau Badami was born in India and moved to Canada in 1991. Her first novel, Tamarind Mem — the result of her master’s thesis project at the University of Calgary — was published by Penguin Canada and quickly became a bestseller. Badami refers to her stories and writing style as bvelonging to the post-postcolonial-immigrant school that began with Salman Rushdie’s Midnight’s Children. Just after the publication of The Hero’s Walk, Anita Rau Badami won the prestigious Marian Engel Award, given to a Canadian woman author in mid-career for outstanding prose writing. (Previous recipients include Carol Shields and Jane Urquhart.) Most recently, The Hero’s Walk was optioned for film by a Canadian producer of See Spot Run Films in Los Angeles. Her newest novel, Tell it to the Trees, is a suspenseful story about love, need and chilling secrets never told aloud, set in an Indian household in a small town in northern British Columbia.
The Globe and Mail described Tell it to the Trees as “a tightly focused domestic drama about the impact of family secrets and the cost of preserving and protecting the family name.”
Vancouver author Daniel Kalla splits his time between writing novels and working as an emergency room physician. Many of his books are medical thrillers, and two — Pandemic and Resistance — have been optioned for feature films. A three-time finalist for the Spotted Owl Award for the Pacific Northwest’s best mystery novel of the year, Daniel has been dubbed “the next Michael Crichton” by the Chronicle Herald. His most recent novel, The Far Side Of The Sky, weaves together intrigue, medical drama and romance to bring to life the extraordinary and little-known chapter of World War II, when the cultures of Europe and Asia converged. It has been short-listed for the 2012 Ontario Library Association’s award for favorite readers’ book.
The Vancouver Sun said this of The Far Side of the Sky: “Daniel Kalla plunges us straight into the frenzied pace of the OR and a medical drama that spans a hundred years. He’s a strong storyteller who keeps his characters moving and struggling, and we’re right there, struggling with them, rooting for them.”
For a schedule of readings for the above authors at the festival, plus other workshops and panels, visit the North Shore Writers Festival website. See you there!