October 12, 2011

Jim Hiscott & Marina Endicott: The Little Shadows

McNally Robinson Booksellers
Tuesday, October 18 · 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

The Little Shadows revolves around three sisters in the world of vaudeville before and during the First World War: Aurora, the eldest and most beautiful, thoughtful Clover, a year younger, and the youngest, joyous headstrong sprite Bella, who is thirteen. The girls are forced to make their living as a singing act after the death of their father. 

Endicott lures us onto the brightly lit stage, and then into the little shadows that lurk behind the curtain, revealing how the art of vaudeville echoes the art of life itself.

Marina Endicott’s previous novel, Good to a Fault, won the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize for Best Book, Canada and the Caribbean, and was a finalist for the prestigious Scotiabank Giller Prize. Her first novel, Open Arms, was shortlisted for the Amazon/Books in Canada First Novel Award. Endicott has been an actor, director, playwright and editor, and now lives in Edmonton, Alberta.

Presenting Jim Hiscott: Balinese Influences
Tuesday October 18, 7:30 pm in the Travel Alcove

In 1971, after earning a Master’s Degree in Theoretical Particle Physics, Jim Hiscott switched to music composition, studying with Samuel Dolin at the Royal Conservatory of Music and David Lidov and Richard Teitelbaum at York University. 

Over the course of his career, he has been the recipient of many awards and commissions, and his compositions have been performed by many major artists, ensembles and orchestras. Jim Hiscott has performed his own works for button accordion and has appeared as a button accordion soloist with the Winnipeg and Montreal Symphony Orchestras.

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