Nicolas Dickner

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Nicolas Dickner
Born 1972
Rivière-du-Loup, Quebec
Language French
Nationality Canadian
Genres novels, short stories
Notable work(s) Nikolski

Nicolas Dickner (born 1972 in Rivière-du-Loup, Quebec) is a Canadian novelist and short story writer. He is best known for his 2005 novel Nikolski, which has won numerous literary awards in Canada both in its original French and translated English editions. His question regarding the amount of energy used to type was selected for xkcd's What If section in June of 2014.[1]

He currently lives in Montreal, where he is a literary columnist for the alternative weekly newspaper Voir.[2]


  • L'Encyclopédie du petit cercle, 2000
  • Nikolski, 2005
English translation by Lazer Lederhendler published 2008.[2]
  • Traité de balistique, 2006
  • Tarmac, 2009
Apocalypse for Beginners, English translation by Lazer Lederhendler published 2010.[3]
  • Le Romancier portatif : 52 chroniques à emporter, 2011
A selection from Dickner's column in Voir


Dickner at a 2010 reading
  • L'encyclopédie du petit cercle
  1. 2001 - Prix littéraire Adrienne-Choquette
  2. 2001 - Prix Jovette-Bernier
  • Nikolski
  1. 2006 - Prix des libraires
  2. 2006 - Prix littéraire des collégiens
  3. 2006 - Prix Anne-Hébert
  4. 2006 - Prix Printemps des Lecteurs–Lavinal
  5. 2008 - Governor General's Award for French to English translation
  6. 2010 - Winner of Canada Reads 2010


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