Marina Endicott Book Launch

Sunday, May 31st, 2 pm

Endicott, Marina -- Credit Sean DennieAward-winning author Marina Endicott returns to the Library Close to HughSunday, May 31st for the launch of her poignant new comic novel, Close to Hugh – a novel about youth and age, art and life, love and death — and about losing your mind and finding your heart’s desire.

Endicott’s sharply observant eye, compassionate heart and witty pen shows us how two generations in a seemingly ordinary small town navigate extraordinary rites of passage during one fateful week in autumn.

As the week opens, fifty-something Hugh Argylle, owner of the Argylle Art Gallery, has a jarring fall from a ladder — a fall that leaves him with a fractured off-kilter vision of his own life and the lives of his friends. On another level, the sons and daughters of Hugh’s friends are about to graduate from high school and separate from the gravitational pull of their parents. With an unerring ear for the different cadences and concerns of both generations Endicott show us two sets of friends on the cusp of simultaneous reinvention. And, as always in Endicott’s wonderful fictional worlds, underpinning the sharp comedy and keenly observed drama is something more profound: a rare and rich perspective on what it means to rise and fall and rise again, and what in the end we owe those we love.

Endicott’s previous novels:

  • Open Arms (2001) was shortlisted for the Amazon/Books in Canada First Novel Award.
  • Good to a Fault (2008) won the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize for Best Book, Canada and the Caribbean and was a finalist for the Scotiabank Giller Prize.
  • The Little Shadows (2011) was longlisted for the Scotiabank Giller Prize.

At this event, Endicott will be in conversation with local author Jacqueline Baker. Jacqueline’s debut short story collection, A Hard Witching (2003) was shortlisted for that year’s Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize and won the Danuta Gleed Literary Award and the Alberta Book Award for short fiction. Her first novel, The Horseman’s Graves was published in 2007 and was followed up in 2014 by The Broken Hours, a horror novel about the final days of H.P. Lovecraft’s life.  Jacqueline currently teaches creative writing at MacEwan University.

Reserve your spot at this event by registering online through or by calling or visiting our 2nd floor Information Desk (780-459-1682).

We thank the Alberta Foundation for the Arts for their support.

After-Hours at the Library with Angie Abdou

Friday, September 12th, 7 pmAbdou Between Cover

Abdou for city intranetAngie Abdou last visited the library in 2011 when her dark comedic novel, The Canterbury Trail was released. At that time her first novel, The Bone Cage was also being defended on CBC’s Canada Reads.  Join Angie after hours at the Library September 12 when she returns with Between, her newest satirical novel. Between explores the complexities of class, gender, marriage and parenthood when an upper middle class North American family hires a foreign nanny –  with jaw-dropping results. Reception to follow.  Give us a call  (780-459-1682) or visit the 2nd Floor Information Desk to reserve a spot.