Elizabeth Ruth

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Elizabeth Ruth (born 1968, Windsor, Ontario) is a Canadian novelist.

Ruth was born in Windsor, Ontario, was raised by a single mother, and lived in the United States, Canada, and Colombia while growing up.[1] Ruth earned an Honours BA and an MA from the University of Toronto.

Before becoming a published writer, she worked in social services in Ontario and British Columbia. Her debut novel, Ten Good Seconds of Silence, was nominated for the Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Prize, the Books in Canada First Novel Award and the City of Toronto Book Award in 2001. Her second novel, Smoke, was published in 2005.

Openly lesbian, Ruth also organized a monthly reading series, "Clit Lit", for lesbian writers in Toronto.[2]



  • Ten Good Seconds of Silence (2001)
  • Smoke (2005)
  • Matadora (2013)
  • Love You to Death (forthcoming, September 2013)
  • To be gone


  • Bent on Writing: Contemporary Queer Tales (2002, ed.)


  1. ^ "Elizabeth Ruth", Writers in Electronic Residence, Archived from the original on July 12, 2004 
  2. ^ Cole, Susan G (September 20, 2001), "Elizabeth Ruth", NOW, archived from the original on 2008-05-12 

The second reference has a nonworking link.

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