Ruby Barrett Pride Month Event

June 12, 2023

Best-selling author, Ruby Barrett joins us for a Pride Month Virtual Author Event


It’s time to celebrate! Join Vancouver Island Regional Library for a free reading and conversation with Ruby Barrett, acclaimed queer romance writer and author of the Lambda Literary Award nominated novel The Romance Recipe! Registration is open for this virtual Zoom event, which takes place at 6pm on June 20.

“I’m so excited to host Ruby!” says Casey Stepaniuk, VIRL librarian and organizer of the event.  “The Romance Recipe is such a great book about a love story between a celebrity chef and the owner of the restaurant she works at. It has especially thoughtful bisexual representation and a character who has just come into their queerness as an adult, themes I think a lot of people can relate to.”

This free event is catered to an adult audience and will deal with themes of sexuality and could even get a little steamy. It promises to be an enjoyable and memorable experience.

“LGBTQ2+ romance is exploding in mainstream traditional publishing right now,” says Stepaniuk. “It is special to me to be able to celebrate queer love stories and give them the attention they deserve. I’m looking forward to having a fun conversation with Ruby and connecting her with readers!”

More information about this virtual event and all the other great Pride events planned at VIRL is available at   

A recording will be made available after the event.  


About Ruby Barrett 

Ruby Barrett writes steamy romances about big feelings, featuring but not limited to: soft boys, angry girls who are secretly soft, and hot sex. Ruby is inspired by the intimate details of everyday life and always being the thirstiest friend in the group chat. Mutual pleasure, pining, and healing are common themes in her romances.  

Before she was a romance author, Ruby worked as a groom on a horse farm, a cigarette package warning label researcher for the Canadian Cancer Society, an essayist for a millennial parenting website, and a matchmaker where she was really good at meeting new clients but terrible at creating matches.  

When she’s not writing, Ruby can be found at the gym, lifting heavy things and battling toxic masculinity one gym bro at a time. And, of course, she is always reading romance.  

She is a bi woman who lives in Ottawa, Canada where she gets her own happily ever after with her husband and daughter. Ruby is the author of: Hot Copy and The Romance Recipe, from Carina Press and Carina Adores; and, the short erotic fiction, Our Fragile Mouths featured in The Big Book of Orgasms, Vol. 2 from Cleis Press. 

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