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Topaz Ruby is an international awards winning author, poet and artist. She was born in Ukraine, grew up in Israel and currently resides in Halifax, Nova Scotia. This website offers links to her writing and art. Her most recent international award was The Beverly Hills International Book Awards (poetry/2014) for Reaching Beyond Ourselves - Leading a Spiritual, Peaceful and Diverse World.
"Been working for a decade on my recently published work. I would love to hear from my readers via email and consider your feedback in my future work" (Topaz Ruby)
Established in 2013, the Beverly Hills Book Awards® competition is judged by experts from all aspects of the book industry, including publishers, writers, editors, book designers and professional copywriters. Contest winners and finalists are determined based on “overall excellence of presentation – a synergy of form and content” over a wide range of genres.
In The News
October 8, 2014 The Chronicle Herald:
...Her first book of poetry, Reaching Beyond Ourselves: Leading a Spiritual, Peaceful and Diverse World ($25, Top Publishing House), placed first in the Hollywood based...International Competition... Ruby's own verse recalls the humanism and mysticism of William Blake...
Such lines are earnest, won from trials: Ruby was born in Ukraine, then emigrated to Israel, and is now a Haligonian.
Ruby's reminiscences about her life in multicultural Israel and her celebration of Jewish heritage are impassioned:
"Jewish people of strong and true faith/
Always try to give to the world/More
goodness than they take from it./It's
called in Hebrew 'Tikun Olam,' healing
While Ruby's verses are likely better thought songs, her own art --photographs -- are quite compelling, very beautiful. She has added to the visual power of her book by choosing well images by Forrestall and Silverberg -- and by Natan Nevo and Frank Kravetz, two other European-born artists who, like Ruby, have made themselves homes in Halifax. Their works are also very fine.
Ruby's prize-winning book deserves appreciation, for her articulation of her
heartfelt beliefs and for her presentation of her impressive art and that of others".
George Elliott Clarke (Former Canadian Parliamentary Poet Laureate)
"This book is a song for peace"
Cynthia Whitcomb in preface to Reaching Beyond Ourselves (Emmy Nominated Writer)
"Self-published books are rarely nominated for awards, but Ruby’s collection of verse won a 2014 Beverly Hills Book Award in the poetry category. And one of the poems, The Dancing Phoenix, received a poetry award in ArtAscent magazine’s 2013 international competition."