Writing the Edge of the World

Moderator: Caroline Adderson

Event Number: 29
Tickets: $20.00

Youth under 30: $15.00

Writing the Edge of the World

Wednesday, Oct 23

(formerly Studio 1398)
3rd Floor, Festival House
1398 Cartwright Street

Fiction allows us to travel widely, and these two Canadian literary titans have set their new novels in locations that test the limits of humanity. Based on true events, Joan Thomas’ incisive and wrenching Five Wives explores what happens after the wives of five evangelical Christian missionaries are suddenly widowed in the rainforests of Ecuador, but choose to continue their husbands’ work. In a critical and luminous discussion, Endicott and Thomas unpack what drew them to write about such extreme circumstances and what they teach us about tenuous bonds we all share.

Event Participants:

Marina Endicott


Marina Endicott’s novel Good to a Fault won the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize for Best Book, Canada and the Caribbean, and was a finalist for the Scotiabank Giller Prize. Her next, The Little Shadows, was short-listed for the Governor General’s award and long-listed for the Giller Prize, as was her last book, Close to Hugh. Endicott lives in Alberta most of the time.

Joan Thomas


Joan Thomas is a Winnipeg writer, bringing her fourth novel, Five Wives, to the festival. Her books, which include The Opening Sky, Curiosity, and Reading by Lightning, have been nominated for the Scotiabank Giller Prize, the Governor General’s Award, and the International IMPAC-Dublin Literary Award, and have won the Amazon Prize, a Commonwealth Prize, and the McNally Robinson Prize. In 2014 Thomas was awarded the Writers Trust of Canada Engel/Findley Prize for midcareer achievement.