Canada was Carol Shields' adopted country, but she rose to become one of our most beloved literary figures. Shields was born in Oak Park, Illinois. She moved to Canada at the age of 22, where she spent most of her life.
Carol wrote her first novel, Small Ceremonies
, in 1976; over the following three decades, she went on to publish more than 20 other books in an array of genres, including fiction, poetry, plays and criticism. The recipient of many awards for her fiction, including the Governor General's Award
, the Pulitzer Prize (both for The Stone Diaries
), the Orange Prize (for Larry's Party
) and the Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize (for Unless
), she also won the Writers' Trust Charles Taylor Prize for non-fiction for her biography of Jane Austen.
The Canadian Booksellers Association hailed her as Author of the Year in 2003, in honour of her final novel, Unless. That same year, at the age of 68, Shields passed away from complications associated with breast cancer.
We were thrilled when Carol's daughter Anne Giardini (a novelist herself!) agreed to come to the Canada Reads 2011 launch
to represent her mother. We asked her about Carol's writing influences, the advice she'd give Lorne Cardinal and more!
You can win a copy of Unless, signed by its defender, Lorne Cardinal!
To enter the contest, just watch the video and find out the answer to the following question:
Who is Carol Shields' favourite writer?
Send your answer to firstname.lastname@example.org for a chance to win! The contest closes at midnight ET on Thursday, December 23. The winner will be drawn randomly from all the correct entries.
The contest rules and regulations can be found here.
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