Friday, June 15, 2012

Carol Shields Month Reading Event

June 2, 2012 – July 16, 2012

Carol Shields is a favorite author of mine. She was born June 2, 1935, and died July 16, 2003. Between those dates of this year, I’d like to encourage readers to read at least one book by Carol Shields. Her writing is amazing, and  I would love to introduce you to her if you haven’t experienced her novels before. And if you have already, why not read more? My personal favorite is Unless.

Her novels include:

  • Small Ceremonies, 1976 (winner of the Canadian Author’s Association Award)
  • The Box Garden, 1977 (Later published in a joint edition with Small Ceremonies as Duet)
  • Happenstance, 1980
  • A Fairly Conventional Woman, 1982 (Later published as a joint edition with Happenstance as Happenstance.
  • Swann: A Mystery, 1987 (UK title: Mary Swann)(Arthur Ellis Award for Best Canadian Mystery, 1988)
  • A Celibate Season, 1991 (with Blanche Howard)
  • The Republic of Love, 1992
  • The Stone Diaries, 1993 (winner of the Governor General’s Award, National Book Critics Circle Award, and the Pulitzer Prize)
  • Larry’s Party, 1997 (winner of the Orange Prize, and the Prix de Livre)
  • Unless, 2002 (winner of the Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize, shortlisted in 2002 Man/Booker Prize and ScotiaBank/Giller Prize, and shortlisted in 2003 Orange Prize)

Short story collections:

  • Words, 1985
  • Various Miracles, 1985
  • The Orange Fish, 1989
  • Dressing Up for the Carnival, 2000
  • Collected Stories, 2004.


  • Jane Austen, 2001

She’s also written poetry and plays but I won’t list them here. If you’d like more info about them or Carol Shields in general, you can visit her wikipedia page.

All you have to do to participate is read one or more books by Carol Shields. Then, come back here and post your review(s) in Mr. Linky or the comments. I will have an icon on the top right hand side of my blog so you can easily find this post again.

This reading challenge/event is hosted by 1 More Chapter. For more information and to sign-up, please see this post.