Carol Shields is among the most distinguished and honoured of all writers in the Canadian literary tradition."
- Library and Archives Canada

Literary Awards

Canadian Authors' Association Award for Best Novel, 1976: Small Ceremonies
First prize, CBC Annual Literary Competition, 1983: Women Waiting
Second prize, CBC Literary Awards for Short Fiction, 1984, for Fitting Behavior
Canadian National Magazine Award, 1985: short story, Mrs. Turner Cutting the Grass
Short-listed for Governor General of Canada Literary Award, 1987: Swann: A Mystery
Arthur Ellis Award for Best Canadian Mystery, 1988: Swann: A Mystery
Marian Engel Award for body of work,1990
Second prize, Guardian Newspaper Fiction Prize, 1992: Republic of Love
Governor General of Canada Literary Award, 1993: The Stone Diaries
Short-listed, Man Booker Prize, 1993: The Stone Diaries
McNally Robinson Award for Manitoba Book fo the Year, 1994: The Stone Diaries
Canadian Booksellers Association Prize, 1994:The Stone Diaries
National Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction, 1994: The Stone Diaries
Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, 1995: The Stone Diaries
Short-listed, Giller Prize, 1997: Larry's Party
Orange Prize, 1998: Larry's Party
Prix de Lire (France), 1998: Larry's Party
Charles Taylor Prize for Literary Non-Fiction, 2002:Jane Austen
Short-listed, Man Booker Prize, 2002:Unless
Short-listed, Scotia Bank/Giller Prize, 2002: Unless
Ethel Wilson Prize for best British Columbia fiction of the year, 2003: Unless
Libris Author of the Year Award (Canadian Booksellers Association), 2003
Short-listed, Fiction Book of the Year, Canadian Booksellers Associations, 2003:Unless
Short-listed, Orange Prize, 2003: Unless


Chancellor of the University of Winnipeg, 1996 - 2000
Officer of the Order of Canada, 1998
Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, 1998
Chevalier dans l'ordres des Arts et des Lettres, 2000
Order of Manitoba, 2001
Winnipeg Citizen of the Year, 2001
MacLean's Magazine's Acclaimed Persons of the Year, 2001
Companion of the Order of Canada, 2002
Queen Elizabeth Golden Jubilee Medal, 2002

Honourary Doctorates

University of Ottawa (Doctor of University), 1995
Hanover College (Humane Letters), 1996
Queen's University (Laws), 1996
University of Winnipeg (Letters), 1996
University of British Columbia (Literature), 1996
University of Toronto (Letters), 1998
Concordia University (Laws), 1998
University of Western Ontario (Letters), 1998
Carleton University (Literature), 2000
Wilfred Laurier University (Literature), 2000
Lakehead University (Letters), 2001
University of Victoria (Letters), 2001
University of Calgary (Laws), 2001
University of Manitoba (Letters), 2003
Malaspina University and College (Letters), 2003


... live she did, and live she does; for as John Keats remarked, every writer has two souls, an earthly one and one that lives on in the world of writing as a voice in the writing itself. It's this voice, astute, compassionate, observant, and deeply human, that will continue to speak to her readers everywhere."
- Margaret Atwood in the Introducton to Collected Stories

Commemorative bust created to honour Carol Shields

The University of Manitoba honoured former faculty member Carol Shields through the official unveiling of a commemorative bust on September 8, 2016 at Innovation Plaza. Carol taught at the University of Manitoba for nearly two decades. She joined its department of English in 1980 and taught students until her retirement in 1999.

Innovation Plaza was established in 2013 to celebrate and honour University of Manitoba academic staff who have demonstrated sustained excellence and global impact and influence through a body of research, scholarly works or creative activities with a series of commemorative busts.

Carol Shields Memorial Labyrinth

The Carol Shields Memorial Labyrinth was constructed in Winnipeg to honour the life and work of Carol Shields, officially opening in May, 2009. Two walls of quotations from Carol's work engraved in granite tiles form an entranceway to the labyrinth. An interpretive station offers information about Carol Shields and her work to visitors.

Books by Friends

Blanche Howard, who collaborated with Carol Shields on A Celibate Season, published her collection of correspondences with Carol over a 30 year span, in her 2007 book, A Memoir of Friendship: The Letters Between Carol Shields & Blanche Howard.

That same year, Eleanor Wachtel published her collection of interviews with Carol, spanning their 16 year long friendship in her book, Random Illuminations: Conversations with Carol Shields.

In 2008 Arthur Motyer (with Elma Gelmer and Carol Shields) published The Staircase Letters: An Extraordinary Friendship at the End of Life, a touching glimpse of the lives of three extraordinary people–two facing death and one left behind.

Other Tributes

Routes on the Red Carol Shields' Manitoba Self-Directed Drive and Stroll Tour
Carol Shields Festival of New Works at the Prairie Theatre Exchange
Manitoba Writers' Guild, Carol Shields student award, Red River Community College
University of Winnipeg, Carol Shields Writer-in-Residence
Carol Shields Winnipeg Book Award
Millenium Library, Carol Shields Auditorium, Winnipeg
Oak Park, Illinois, Public Library, tree dedication
University of Winnipeg, Larry Weller's bench

Larry's Bench


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