“Nino Ricci’s prose embodies a sweeping range of talent and technique. There are layers upon layers of meaning within his stories, all of which are presented with profound empathy, with compassion not only for his characters, but also for the messy human condition in which we invariably find ourselves. His writing is elegant and understated but driven by an urgent and confident hand. Whether he is examining the life of Jesus or an adulterous Italian mother or a self-loathing academic, Nino Ricci is a superb story-teller. Each of his books is a rare and delicious cocktail. In them a particular time and place is richly brought alive and made palpable, a challenge to the intellect and an exploration of the soul.”

Selected Publications

Pierre Elliott Trudeau (2009)
The Origin of Species (2008)
Testament (2002)
Where She Has Gone (1997)
In A Glass House (1993)
Lives of the Saints (1990)

About the Author

Nino Ricci was born in Leamington, Ontario to Italian parents, and completed university studies in Toronto, Montreal, and Florence, Italy. His first novel was the internationally acclaimed Lives of the Saints, which spent 75 weeks on the Globe and Mail‘s bestseller list and won the Governor General’s Award for Fiction. Published in seventeen countries, Lives of the Saints is the first volume in a series that continues with In a Glass House and Where She Has Gone; the trilogy was adapted for television starring Sophia Loren and Kris Kristofferson. His book Testament was shortlisted for the Roger’s Writers’ Trust Prize for Fiction, and The Origin of the Species earned Ricci his second Governor General’s Award for Fiction. Ricci is also a past president of the Canadian Centre of International PEN, a writers’ human rights organization that works for freedom of expression. He is a recipient of an honorary Doctor of Laws from the University of Windsor as well the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal, and has been recognized with the Order of Canada for his contributions to literature as a renowned author. Nino Ricci’s upcoming engagements include being a Guest Instructor for Aspen Summer Words. Ricci has also recently been named the L.G. Pathy '56 Visiting Professor in Canadian Studies at Princeton University for the Fall Semester of 2013. He lives in Toronto with his wife, writer Erika de Vasconcelos, and their children.


Hilary Weston Writers' Trust Prize for Nonfiction
Final Deadline

July 30, 2014 for books published between
May 28 & Sept 17

Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Prize
Final Deadline

July 30, 2014 for books published between 
May 28 & Sept 30

Shaughnessy Cohen Prize for Political Writing
Final Deadline

November 5, 2014 for books published between
July 9 & Dec 31

Berton House Writer-in-Residence

October 3, 2014

Woodcock Fund





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