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By Russell Smith

Finalist for the 2015 Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize & longlisted for the 2015 Scotiabank Giller Prize

“Smith is typically referred to as a satirist, though I think his balance of contempt and compassion is too nuanced for such categorization. He plumbs the psyches of the seemingly superficial in frequently funny prose that exudes an understanding of their anxieties about ambition, class, stature and their own desirability. Smith’s credentials in this milieu are impeccable.”
The Globe and Mail



In Russell Smith’s darkly brilliant new collection of short stories Confidence, the reader will be introduced to ecstasy-taking PhD students; financial traders desperate for husbands; owners of failing sex stores; violent and unremovable tenants; aggressive raccoons; seedy massage parlours; experimental filmmakers who record every second of their day; wives who blog insults directed at their husbands. There are cheating husbands. There are private clubs, crowded restaurants, psychiatric wards. Every character has a secret of some kind.

“Confidence finds Smith at the top of his game.” — Winnipeg Free Press

“It’s a delicious darkness that pervades Russell Smith’s latest short story collection, Confidence” — THIS magazine

“This is not the stodgy CanLit you were assigned in school – Russell Smith’s writing is sharp and sultry, and these characters are even more messed up than we fear we are. But below the hip, fractured surface of the people who populate these stories, there’s a longing for true connection, and flashes of vulnerability that will break your heart in the best way.”W Network

“His works cover sex, prostitution, drugs and a bitingly satiric look at Toronto society. He isn’t afraid to say it like it is, a trait hard to come by for writers these days who fear inevitable online backlash in comments, reviews, et al.”Post City Toronto

“[M]esmeric, sensuous.” — The Walrus

Shelagh Rogers interviews Russell Smith on CBC The Next Chapter

Book Trailer: CONFIDENCE



Biblioasis, Canada, Spring 2015


Longlisted for the 2015 Scotiabank Giller Prize

Finalist for the 2015 Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize

A 2015 Globe and Mail Best Book

Other Books by Russell Smith