Ruby Lang/Opal Wei writes warm, witty contemporary romance and magical women's fiction featuring emotionally complex multicultural characters and their rambunctious families. Ruby's work has been featured in NPR, Buzzfeed, and O, The Oprah Magazine. As Opal Wei, she is the author of the upcoming screwball rom-com Wild Life. She also wrote about romance novels for The Toast and was a 2010 fiction fellow for the New York Foundation for the Arts. Her non-fiction has also appeared in The New York Times, The Walrus, and Bitch. She and her family are recent transplants to Toronto.
I was born in Vancouver, Canada, raised in Winnipeg and then ran off to New York for 20 years. When I was younger, I wanted to be fast-talking journalist Hildy Johnson from His Girl Friday but lacked verbal speed (and the ability to look good in hats), so I became a hatless and hapless editor instead. I have a scar on my leg from zipping down a banister in fifth grade. I also once slid down the escalator banister at the Westin Emerald Plaza in San Diego but sustained no lasting damage—except perhaps to my dignity.
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Hosts Trina and Sarah Turl chat with guests about the words they're carrying into 2021. What is Ruby's word of the year?
Host Jess Michaels chats with Ruby about about the concept of "very well read" in romance, illustrated covers, and more.
Norma Perez-Hernandez moderates the "Kissing Under NYC's Stars" panel at the Bronx Book Festival 2020, Featuring Zoey Castile, Kate Clayborn, Kwana Jackson, and Ruby.
Presented by Loyalty Books. Alyssa Cole chats with Farrah Rochon, Kwana Jackson, and Ruby about new releases, fandoms, and the things bringing us joy.
Erin and Clayton from Learning the Tropes pod talk with Ruby about House Rules, New York real estate, and more.
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