Startle and Illuminate: Carol Shields on Writing (International Edition)

Startle and Illuminate: Carol Shields on Writing (International Edition)




Shimmering with her unique style, sense, humour, vision and wit, Startle and Illuminate is a book of advice and reflections on writing by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Carol Shields that is destined to become as valued and essential as Stephen King's On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft and Anne Lamott's Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life.

An essential work from one of Canada's finest writers, Startle and Illuminate stands as a reflection of Carol Shields' devotion to the writer's craft. Drawn together by her daughter and grandson from decades of correspondence with other writers, essays, notes, comments, criticism and lectures, Startle and Illuminate helps answer some of the most fundamental questions about the craft: Why do we write at all? Can writing be taught? What keeps a reader turning the pages? How is a writer to know when a work is done? In her own words, Shields reveals her thoughts on why we read, and more importantly, why we write: for the joy of the making, to reimagine our world, to discover patterns and uncover forms that echo our realities as well as interrogate them.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780345815958
Publisher: Random House of Canada, Limited
Publication date: 08/15/2017
Pages: 240
Product dimensions: 5.18(w) x 8.00(h) x (d)

About the Author

ANNE GIARDINI, Carol Shields' daughter, has published two novels, The Sad Truth about Happiness and Advice for Italian Boys, and is working on a third.

NICHOLAS GIARDINI is one of Carol Shields' twelve grandchildren. A committed reader, he enjoys books that explore character and self-perception.


Victoria, British Columbia, Canada

Date of Birth:

June 2, 1935

Date of Death:

July 16, 2003

Place of Birth:

Oak Park, Illinois

Place of Death:

Toronto, Canada


B.A., Hanover College, Indiana; M.A. (English), Ottawa University, 1975

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