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Naben Ruthnum lives and writes in Toronto, and has been previously published in Riddle Fence, Joyland, Qwerty, and Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine. He also writes under the pseudonym Nathan Ripley. Ruthnum is working on a novel based on the characters in “Cinema Rex.”

Award History

Jury Citation

“‘Cinema Rex’ is as rich and visual as the films at its centre, which play on the new movie screen in one neighbourhood of Mauritius in the 1950s. The author beautifully draws the connections between the changing community, inundated by Hollywood and after-school English lessons, and a season of vital shifts for three friends transitioning out of boyhood. Full of heady sensory details, Naben Ruthnum’s deft observations of family and class interactions create an entire world of established histories and hierarchies, even though the reader is only privy to a sliver of these stories.” — 2013 Journey Prize Jury (Miranda Hill, Miguel Syjuco, and Alison Pick)

Works recognized by WT

Cinema Rex