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Russell Smith was previously nominated for the Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize in 2005 for his novel Muriella Pent. He is the author of 10 books, including the novels How Insensitive and Girl Crazy. Smith writes a weekly column on the arts for The Globe and Mail and teaches in the MFA program at the University of Guelph. Confidence was longlisted for the Scotiabank Giller Prize earlier this month. He lives in Toronto.


Russell Smith on Confidence

Award History

Jury Citation

Confidence is a riveting collection of short stories that explore a number of uncomfortable truths. Russell Smith’s bold take on contemporary life — sex, lies, violence, the search for tenderness, and the complexity of deceit — marries a remarkably astute understanding of the life of the desperately hip and urbane with the craft of literary writing. The slightest gesture is captured in a few words, yet illuminates not simply the moment, but a culture. This is an important and deeply affecting collection.” — 2015 Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize Jury (Aislinn HUnter, Shani Mootoo, and Richard Wagamese)

2004 Finalist

Atwood Gibson Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize
for Muriella Pent

Works recognized by WT

Muriella Pent