Russell Claude Smith (born August 2, 1963) is a Canadian writer and newspaper columnist. Smith's novels and short stories are mostly set in Toronto, where he lives.
Smith grew up in Halifax, Nova Scotia. He attended the Halifax Grammar School and Queen Elizabeth High School, and studied French literature at Queen's University, the University of Poitiers, and the University of Paris III. He has an MA in French from Queen's.
As a freelance reporter and cultural commentator, he has published in the New York Review of Books, Details, Toronto Life, Flare, Now, EnRoute and other journals. He won the William Allen White award for magazine writing in 1995.
Smith writes two weekly columns for The Globe and Mail: one in the Review section, on culture and language, and the other in the Style section, an advice column for men.
He was the host of the CBC radio program on language, And Sometimes Y, for two seasons...
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