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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Carol Shields  

Pen Name: Carol Ann Shields


Audience: Adult;

Born: June 2, 1935 in Oak Park, Illinois

Died: July 16, 2003 in Victoria, British Columbia

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Illinois Connection

Shields was born in Oak Park.

Biographical and Professional Information

Carol Shields was a novelist, short story writer, playwright and editor. She is best known for her 1993 novel ''The Stone Diaries'', which won the U.S. Pulitzer Prize for Fiction and the Governor General's Award in Canada. It is the only book to win both awards. She moved to Canada after marrying and later became a Canadian citizen. Shields taught at the University of Ottawa, the University of British Columbia, University of Manitoba and served as chancellor of the University of Winnipeg.

Published Works

  • Small Ceremonies, 1976
  • The Box Garden, McGraw, 1977
  • Happenstance, McGraw, 1980
  • A Fairly Conventional Woman, Macmillan, 1982
  • Various Miracles, Penguin, 1985
  • Swann, A Mystery, Viking , 1987
  • The Orange Fish, Random House, 1989
  • Departures and Arrivals, Blizzard, 1990
  • The Republic of Love, Viking, 1992
  • The Stone Diaries, Penguin, 1993
  • Coming to Canada, Carleton University Press, 1992
  • A Celibate Season, Penguin, 1999,
  • Dressing Up for the Carnival, 2000
  • Unless, Fourth Estate, 2002
  • Collected Stories of Carol Shields, 2005

Selected Titles At Your Library

The box garden /
ISBN: 0140251367. OCLC Number:

Penguin Books,. New York, N.Y., U.S.A. :. 1996.

A poet's struggle to make something of herself after her creative juices run dry. Although she has a son and a man who loves her, Charleen Forrest is still obsessed by the thought that she is a failure. The novel follows Charleen as she tries to sort herself out. By the author of The Stone Diaries for which she won the Pulitzer Prize.

Happenstance, the husband's story ; Happenstance, the wife's story /
ISBN: 0140179518. OCLC Number:

Penguin,. New York :. 1994.

Two stories from a marriage in crisis: thewife's story and the husband's story. The setting issuburbia, the time frame a week spent apart. She goes toa quilting convention where she has an affair, he stayshome to mind the kids and discuss manhood with a friendwho has been abandoned by his wife.

The orange fish /
ISBN: 0140152822. OCLC Number:

Penguin Books,. New York, N.Y. :. 1992, ©1989.

These twelve short stories portray middle-aged, middle-class women who feel alone and alienated. In the title story, the orange fish is a lithograph which changes the lives of its owners, those who possess the print offer testimony to what it means to them.

The republic of love /
ISBN: 0007166753. OCLC Number:

Fourth Estate,. London :. 2003.

The stone diaries /
ISBN: 0140238344. OCLC Number:

Penguin Books,. London :. 1994, ©1993.

An aged woman discovers herself as she reflects upon her life in the 20th century.

A celibate season /
ISBN: 0140275118. OCLC Number:

Penguin Books,. New York :. 1999.

A husband and wife exchange vows of celibacy when she has to move to the other side of the country for a job. Over a period of a year they exchange letters, telling each other how they are doing. The setting is Canada.


The Stone Diaries

  • Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, 1995
  • Governor General's Award, Canada
  • National Book Critics Circle Award, 1994
  • Nominated, Booker Prize, 2003
  • One of the best books of the year, Publishers Weekly, 1993
  • Notable Book, The New York Times Book Review
  • Larry's Party

  • Orange Prize for Fiction, 1998
  • Unless

  • Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize

    Other Awards