Anne Giardini is the second oldest of Carol Shields’ five children. Her first novel, The Sad Truth About Happiness, was published by HarperCollins/Fourth Estate in Canada, the UK, the US, and Australia in spring 2005. It was short listed for the Amazon/Books in Canada First Novel Award in 2006 and for an Audie audio books award. Her second novel, Advice for Italian Boys, was published by HarperCollins in early 2009. She is completing a third. Giardini is also a lawyer and executive working in Vancouver and the newly appointed Chancellor of Simon Fraser University. She is past Chair of the Vancouver International Writers and Readers Festival and Vice Chair of the Board of Governors of Simon Fraser University, and serves on the boards of several other organizations, including PEN Canada.
Nicholas Giardini is the second oldest of Anne Giardini’s three children. While living in Ottawa, he completed an undergraduate degree in psychology. He mostly prefers to read fiction, and especially likes books that explore character and self-perception.
They are currently at work on the manuscript for Carol Shields On Writing, the first book of new material by Carol Shields since her death in 2003.