Catherine Adel West is a writer and author of Saving Ruby King: A Novel.
Two south side Chicago families are bound together by a violence-infused past. Ruby’s mother, Alice King, has been murdered. Her father, Lebanon King, is an abusive man who endured a terrible childhood. Her best friend, Layla, has always tried to protect Ruby from Lebanon even though her own father and Ruby’s father have been close friends since childhood. And their mothers were friends before them.In this moving debut novel, Saving Ruby King (Park Row Books), Catherine Adel West gives each character a voice, but the voice that binds all of their lives together is that of the Calvary Hope Christian Church, objective witness to the complex ties between Ruby’s grandmother and her two friends, between Ruby’s father and Layla’s father, and between Ruby and Layla. In precise, lyrical writing, West delves into each of their secrets while exploring intergenerational trauma, racial injustice in Chicago, and the power of friendship.Catherine Adel West was born and raised in Chicago, IL where she currently resides. She graduated with both her Bachelors and Masters of Science in Journalism from the University of Illinois - Urbana. Her work is published in Black Fox Literary Magazine, Five2One, Better than Starbucks, Doors Ajar, 805 Lit + Art, The Helix Magazine, Lunch Ticket and Gay Magazine. In between writing and traveling, Catherine works as an editor and is currently obsessed with watching old episodes of Law and Order: Criminal Intent, especially the ones with Vincent D’Onofrio.If you enjoyed today’s podcast and would like to discuss it further with me and other New Books network listeners, please join us on Shuffle. Shuffle is an ad-free, invite-only network focused on the creativity community. As NBN listeners, you can get special access to conversations with a dynamic community of writers and literary enthusiasts. Sign up by going to Gottlieb is the author of the Whipped and Sipped Mystery Series and a prolific baker of healthful breads and pastries. Please contact her through her website ( if you wish to recommend an author (of a beautifully-written new novel) to interview, to listen to her previous podcast interviews, to read her mystery book reviews, or to check out some of her awesome recipes. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Special guest co-host Alex Kiester and Michele fangirl over Catherine Adel West as they discuss West's [AMAZING] debut novel "Saving Ruby King," the importance of the writer's community and the value of the 10-second pity party in the writing process. Alex & Michele continue their discussion of "The Woman in Red" by Diana Giovinazzo. Be sure to check out our shop on to be able to help support independent bookstores and this podcast. Check our 'Books of the Month' shelf for "The Woman in Red"; browse our "Featured Books" for "Saving Ruby King." Also, check out Audible to download the Audible Original "In Her Skin," the debut thriller by our special guest co-host this month, Alex Kiester.
This week on the Moby Fict Podcast, I sit down with Catherine Adel West to discuss her debut novel which recently released on June 16, Saving Ruby King.  CONNECT WITH US:Robby (IG: @moby.fict, online: Adel West (IG: @cawest329, online: SPONSOR:This episode was sponsored by Listeners of the Moby Fict Podcast can get two audiobooks for the price of one with their first month of membership. Go to and enter code MOBY
Hi everyone! It’s Thursday, and you know what that means - another Books and the City author interview! We are SO excited to be chatting with Catherine Adel West, author of the incredible SAVING RUBY KING. Kayla and Emily got to sit down (virtually) with this debut novelist and discuss her unforgettable, timely novel, which tells the story of Ruby King and the strong bonds of friendship that persevere after Ruby’s mother is murdered in their home on Chicago’s South Side. Before they launch into all things Saving Ruby King, the three have the ever-important pizza conversation: Chicago’s deep dish vs. New York’s thin crust (A.K.A. “cheese with cardboard on it”). But stay tuned as Catherine talks about the importance of writing about the Chicago South Side that she knows and loves, as opposed to the version of the neighborhood that gets portrayed on the news. Plus, you’ll want to hear what she has to say about the importance of Black female friendship in the novel, and about Catherine’s experience entering the mostly-white world of publishing as a Black woman. There’s more where that comes from in this rich interview, and we promise you’re not going to want to miss it. Read on for buy links, and please feel free to drop us a line about this interview, Catherine’s writing, or anything else you'd like to tell us at ------------------------> Saving Ruby King by Catherine Adel West: Catherine just read: Fledgling by Octavia Butler A Little Life by Hanya Yanagahira Up next for Catherine: The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin The Other Black Girl by Zakiya Dalila Harris (coming from Atria Books in 2021!) Music by EpidemicSound, logo art by @niczollos
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