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CBC Radio One - Here and Now Toronto

Tuesday Book Club - Semi-Detached by Elizabeth Ruth

Listen to Elizabeth's interview on CBC Radio One - aired September 19, 2023

Open Book -

Elizabeth Ruth on Exploring Coincidences in Her Mesmerizing, Icy New Novel

"Semi-Detached is urgent and deeply human storytelling from a writer whose singular voice transports readers from the first page."

All Lit Up-
Homegrown: Locally Produced Reads

We’re back with an all-new batch of Fall releases from your favourite independent Canadian literary presses.
photo credit: Erin Rielly Clarke

49th Shelf -
Craving Connection

A recommended reading list by the author of the new novel, Semi-Detached.

Toronto Star -
Our books editor on the 30 (plus!) new reads we can’t wait to cosy up with this fall

Novels from heavy hitters such as Stephen King and Zadie Smith, non-fiction from Ken Dryden, and a bevy of short stories, biographies and more.

CBC Books -

74 works of Canadian fiction to read in fall 2023

Here are the Canadian novels and short story collections we are excited to read in the second half of 2023.

The Globe and Mail-

Sixty-two books to read this fall

Clear your nightstands for autumn’s best reads, including fiction from Canadian stars Waubgeshig Rice and Mona Awad, and non-fiction tales of political intrigue and tech gone awry.

The Hamilton Review of Books-

Semi-Detached on the Independent Booksellers Bestsellers List

The Hamilton Review of Books' Independently Published Bestsellers List: October 2023

"Ruth describes the choreography of bullfighting with as much grace and sophistication as one might find in a history of ballet or tango dancing. Readers will find themselves absolutely unable to look away. This searing, sensual novel is an adventure not to be missed." 


"(Elizabeth) Ruth is an innovative storyteller, full of quirky surprises, who has the courage to confront basic preconceptions about full of vitality, so drawn to so many things simultaneously, so alive, reading her is always likely to be more of a D.H. Lawrence rollercoaster than a Virgina Woolf Ferris wheel. Whenever the ills of this book's characters intersect with the culling and curing of tobacco leaf, Ruth is utterly compelling." 

T.F. Rigelhof,


"Every once in a while a novel splashes to the surface of the slush pile like a big orange Koi in a pool of minnows. Such a novel is Ten Good Seconds of Silence. This is a powerful debut with echoes of Dickens, some John Irving and a little Timothy Findley scattered throughout."


In The Press


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"Part love story, part ghost story, part murder mystery – Elizabeth Ruth's Semi-Detached is all heart. Fiercely compelling and beautifully nuanced. A modern novel for the ages. Just brilliant."

Helen Humphreys, author of The Lost Garden & Leaving Earth

"Semi-Detached will cast a spell over you. Elizabeth Ruth has crafted a beautiful and tender tale of the shelters we all need to house our love and our yearning. Sheer magic and a joy to read."

Lynne Kutsukake,
author of The Translation of Love

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Elizabeth Ruth is the author of the novels, Ten Good Seconds of Silence, Smoke, Matadora, and Semi-Detached. Her debut poetry collection, This Report Is Strictly Confidential, is forthcoming in 2024. Elizabeth's work has been recognized by the Writers’ Trust of Canada Fiction Prize, the City of Toronto Book Award, the First Novel Award, and One Book One Community. CBC named her “One of the Ten Canadian Women Writers You Must Read.” She is also the author of a plain language novella for adult literacy learners entitled Love You to Death and the editor of the anthology Bent on Writing: Contemporary Queer Tales.


Before publishing, Elizabeth worked with homeless women and children, counselling in the areas of violence, trauma and recovery. She holds a BA in English Literature, an MA in Counselling Psychology, and an MFA in Creative Writing. Elizabeth Ruth teaches creative writing at the University of Toronto and lives in the city with her family.

photos by Samuel Engelking



photo by Violet Pettigrew-Olliffe

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