Ilie Ruby is the author of The Salt God’s Daughter (September 2012) and the critically-acclaimed novel, The Language of Trees, which debuted in 2010 and was a Target Emerging Author’s Pick and a First Magazine for Women Reader’s Choice, and for which complex Chinese rights were sold. Raised in Rochester, NY, she attended the University of Southern California’s Professional Writing Program, where she was fiction editor of The Southern California Anthology. She holds a masters degree in education from Simmons College, and specialized in documentary filmmaking at Emerson College. Awards include the Edwin L. Moses Prize for Fiction, chosen by T.C. Boyle; a Kerr Foundation Scholarship, and the Phi Kappa Phi Award for Creative Fiction. Ruby is also a recipient of the Wesleyan Writer’s Conference Davidoff Scholarship and the Barbara Kemp Award for Outstanding Teaching. She has worked as 5th grade teacher, a PBS archeology series contributor, and as an education editor at Houghton Mifflin Company. Ruby is also a painter, mother to three, and teaches writing in Boston.