Member Profile

Anne Giardini

Photo: Greg Ehlers, SFU 2014

Anne's 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. Anne's second novel, Advice for Italian Boys, was published by HarperCollins in early 2009. Together with her son Nicholas Giardini, she edited Startle and Illuminate in 2016 (PenguinRandomHouse), a collection of her mother's advice on writing. Anne is SFU's 11th Chancellor, and is also a lawyer and board director. She is the past Chair of the Vancouver International Writers and Readers Festival and past Vice Chair of the Board of Governors of Simon Fraser University. She was made an Officer of the Order of Canada in 2016. Among Anne's favourite books are:

Enigma of Arrival, VS Naipal

To the Lighthouse, Virginia Woolf

 Black Dogs, Ian MacEwan 

Middlemarch, George Elliott

Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen

All and any of Alice Munro's stories 

Speak Memory, Vladimir Nabokov 

Self-Consciousness, John Updike 

Girls of Slender Means, Muriel Spark

Exellent Women, Barbara Pym 

Guns Germs and Steel, Jared Diamond 

Mother Nature, Sarah Blaffer Hrdy 

A Distant Mirror, Barbara Tuchman

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The Sad Truth About Happiness. HarperCollins, 2005
Advice for Italian Boys. HarperCollins, 2009
Starte and Illuminate. PenguinRandomHouse, 2016
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