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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Carol Anshaw, Carol Stanley  

Pen Name: Carol White


Born: 1946 in Grosse Point, Michigan

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Illinois Connection

Carol Anshaw lives and teaches in Chicago.

Biographical and Professional Information

Carol Anshaw is a respected novelist and a renowned journalist. She attended Michigan State and majored in communications. She then moved to Chicago the very week of the '68 Democratic Convention and took her first job, writing catalog copy, in a modern Dickensian sweatshop. Ten months later she was working as associate features editor at ''Advertising Age'' and started backing up Roger Ebert at the ''Sun-Times''. She wrote movie reviews for the ''Chicago Sun-Times'' for many years and book reviews for the Village Voice's literary supplement, the ''VLS''. She has also written some young adult books and series under pen names. Her novel ''Aquamarine'' was ranked at No. 37 in the list of 100 best gay/lesbian novels by ''The Advocate''. ''About Face Theater'', in Chicago, produced a stage adaptation of her novel ''Seven Moves''.She has taught at Vermont College and currently teaches the MFA in Writing Program at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Carol is also an accomplished painter.

Published Works

  • They Do It All With Mirrors, Coward, McCann & Geoghegan, 1978 - written under the pen name of Carol White
  • Aquamarine, Houghton Mifflin, 1992
  • Seven Moves, Houghton Mifflin, 1996
  • Lucky in the Corner, Houghton Mifflin, 2002

Selected Titles At Your Library

Aquamarine /
ISBN: 0395877555. OCLC Number:

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As she turns forty, Jesse Austin reflects on how her life might have turned out if she had made different choices at three crucial turning points in her past.

Seven moves /
ISBN: 1860494366. OCLC Number:

Virago,. London :. 1998.

Lucky in the corner /
ISBN: 061834070x. OCLC Number:

Mariner Books,. Boston :. 2003.


  • Aquamarine


    Seven Moves

    were both Lambda Award finalists

  • Carl Sandburg Award

  • The Society of Midland Authors Award

  • A creative writing fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts

  • A recipient of the National Book Critics Circle Citation for Excellence in Reviewing

    Speaking Engagements

    Speaking Engagement Availability: Yes, contact:

    Joy Harris at Joy Harris Literary Agency

    156 Fifth Avenue, Suite 617

    New York, New York 10010