2013 Journey Prize Winner

Journey Prize 25

Naben Ruthnum
For "Cinema Rex"

Published by The Malahat Review

Naben Ruthnum

About the Story

“Cinema Rex” is as rich and visual as the films at its centre, which play on the new movie screen in one neighbourhood of Mauritius in the 1950s. The author beautifully draws the connections between the changing community, inundated by Hollywood and after-school English lessons, and a season of vital shifts for three friends transitioning out of boyhood. Full of heady sensory details, Naben Ruthnum’s deft observations of family and class interactions create an entire world of established histories and hierarchies, even though the reader is only privy to a sliver of these stories.

About the Author 

Naben Ruthnum lives and writes in Toronto, and has been previously published in Riddle Fence, Joyland, Qwerty, and Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine. Under the pseudonym Nathan Ripley, he recently completed a thriller called Scrapbook. He is currently working on a novel based on the characters in “Cinema Rex.”






Woodcock Fund



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Hilary Weston Writers' Trust Prize for Nonfiction
and Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Prize


July 18 for books published between May 16 and Sept 30, 2018


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