Carol Shields is the author of over twenty books, including The Stone Diaries, which won the 1995 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction and the Governor Generals Award. Her other books include The Republic of Love, Larrys Party, which won the Orange Prize for Fiction, and Unless, Shieldss final novel, which was nominated for the Booker Prize, the Orange Prize for Fiction, the Giller Prize, and the Governor Generals Award, and was awarded the Ethel Wilson Prize for Fiction. She also wrote the biography of Jane Austen, which won the Charles Taylor Prize for Literary Non-Fiction. She lived in Winnipeg for many years and later in Victoria.
Blanche Howard is the author of four novels, including The Manipulator, which won the Canadian Booksellers Award, and Penelopes Way. She is also the co-author of A Celibate Season with Carol Shields. Howard lives in North Vancouver.
Allison Howard, Blanches daughter, served as a reader and editor to Blanche Howard and Carol Shields during their writing of A Celibate Season. She lives in Penticton, B.C.