“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’s novels have been published to critical acclaim around the world. They include the Lives of the Saints trilogy, adapted as a miniseries starring Kris Kristofferson and Sophia Loren, Testament, which was shortlisted for the Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize, and The Origin of Species, which earned him his second Governor General’s Literary Award for Fiction. He is also the author of Pierre Elliott Trudeau, a biography that forms part of Penguin’s Extraordinary Canadians series. Ricci has served on the faculty of The Humber School for Writers since 1992. He is a recipient of the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal and in 2011 he was appointed to the Order of Canada. Ricci lives in Toronto with his wife, writer Erika de Vasconcelos, and their children.




Woodcock Fund



Shaughnessy Cohen Prize for Political Writing


September 19 for books published between June 20 and September 18, 2018


Hilary Weston Writers' Trust Prize for Nonfiction
and Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Prize


July 18 for books published between May 16 and Sept 30, 2018


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