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Random Illuminations

Conversations with Carol Shields

by Eleanor Wachtel

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list price: $11.99
edition:eBook
also available: Paperback
published: 2010
ISBN:9780864925824
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A great conversation can offer insight into the hearts and minds of its participants. In this intimate, wide-ranging collection of conversations (and some correspondence), writer-broadcaster Eleanor Wachtel and her friend, author Carol Shields, touch on both the personal and the professional. Eleanor Wachtel first met Carol Shields in 1980; her first interview with Carol occurred in 1987, following the publication of Swann: A Mystery. They soon became friends, embarking on a correspondence and conversations that would last her almost two decades. In this illuminating book, Eleanor Wachtel brings together her rich collection of interviews with Carol from that first occasion to Shields's death in 2003. Disarmingly direct, Carol Shields talks about her writing, language and consciousness, and her interest in "redeeming the lives of lost or vanished women," all the while touching on topics as diverse as feminism, raising children, the metaphorical search for a home, and the joys and griefs of everyday life. Carol Shields is best known for her Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, The Stone Diaries. She also won the Governor General's Award for fiction, the National Book Critics Circle Award, the Charles Taylor Prize for Literary Non-fiction, the Orange Prize, and numerous other awards. She was twice shortlisted for the Booker Prize.

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Editorial Reviews

"As rich and diverse and subtle as the most textured piece of literature, a logical and lovely reflection of its extraordinary subject."

— <i>Ottawa Citizen</i>

"Insight into a gifted writer and remarkable human being."

— <i>Victoria Times-Colonist</i>

"Smart, honest, insightful."

— <i>Montreal Gazette</i>
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Eleanor Wachtel

Eleanor Wachtel is a writer and broadcaster who has hosted CBC Radio’s award-winning Writers & Company since its inception in 1990 and The Arts Today since 1996. In addition to her widely acclaimed Writers & Company and More Writers & Company, she contributed to Dropped Threads and Lost Classics and has co-authored or co-edited three other books. Her work has also appeared in numerous magazines and newspapers, including Saturday Night, Maclean’s and The Globe and Mail. Among the many honours she has received in recognition of her contribution to Canadian intellectual and cultural life, she won the 2002 Jack Award for supporting Canadian books and authors. Born and raised in Montreal, where she studied English literature at McGill University, Eleanor Wachtel lives in Toronto.

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