Holley Rubinsky Photo: Amy Cavanaugh Volk



Holley Rubinsky, Canadian fiction writer living in British Columbia, Canada, is the author of South of Elfrida (Brindle & Glass, 2013), At First I Hope for Rescue (Knopf C­anada, 1997; Picador, 1998), Rapid Transits and Other Stories (Pol­estar, 1991) and Beyond This Point, (McClelland & Stewart, 2006).

Winner of the first $10,000 Journey Prize, a National Magazine Award Gold Medal for fiction, and nominated for B.C.'s Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize, Rubinsky hosted The Writers' Show, produced by CJLY, Nelson. Her stories have appeared in a number of anthologies, including The Penguin Anthology of Stories by Canadian Women.

She holds an M.Ed from U.C.L.A, earned her single-engine land private pilot's license, works for Writing Retreats Kaslo, applies the Usui system of Reiki healing when needed and practices Buddhism as taught to the West by HH the Dalai Lama.

The late Yuri Rubinsky, software architect, was Holley's husband. Robin Ballard, Rubinsky's daughter, is an artist and writer living in Switzerland.







Summer 2013:

"If there's a best short-story-of-the-year competition, we think Holley Rubinsky ought to submit 'South of Elfrida,' the title story, about a birdwatching field trip in Arizona...

... she's the real deal for anyone who enjoys sophisticated storytelling."

Fall 2014

"Four books later, South of Elfrida is just as absorbing as Rubinsky's earlier work ... This book reminds me of something John Lennon said about a photograph of himself, in which he is leaning against a building on a busy street in Hamburg. Lennon said this image captured "the beauty and spirit of the Beatles." I feel as though South of Elfrida captures "the beauty and spirit" of a middle-aged woman on a solitary road trip. Thankfully, we can ride along with her for a while." -- Jill Mandrake in GEIST magazine.

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