Nino Ricci

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Nino Ricci

Nino Pio Ricci (born 1959) is a Canadian novelist who lives in Toronto, Ontario.[1] He was born in Leamington, Ontario to Italian immigrants, Virginio and Amelia Ricci, from the province of Isernia, Molise.

Ricci received a B.A. in English literature from York University, Toronto in 1981 and a Master's in Creative Writing from Concordia University, Montreal in 1987. Ricci has travelled in Europe and Africa, where, in Nigeria, he taught English literature and language in a high school for two years.

Ricci's first novel Lives of the Saints was a critical and commercial success. It won the Books in Canada First Novel Award, the 1990 Governor General's Award for Fiction and a Betty Trask Award. It forms a trilogy with Ricci's next two novels, In a Glass House (1993) and Where She Has Gone (1997).

Ricci served as one of the directors of PEN Canada from 1990–96, and as president during 1995-96. He was the writer-in-residence at the University of Windsor for the 2005-06 academic year.

Awards and nominations[edit]

  • 1990 Governor General's Award for Fiction for Lives of the Saints
  • 1990 Books in Canada First Novel Award for Lives of the Saints
  • 1997 Giller Prize (shortlist for Where She Has Gone)
  • 2002 Trillium Book Award (co-winner for Testament)
  • 2006 Alistair MacLeod Award for Literary Achievement
  • 2008 Giller Prize (longlist for The Origin of Species)
  • 2008 Governor General's Award for Fiction for The Origin of Species
  • 2011 Member of the Order of Canada[2]



  • Lives of the Saints (1990) (inspiration for a TV miniseries directed by Jerry Ciccoritti)
  • In a Glass House (1993)
  • Where She Has Gone (1997)
  • Testament (2002)
  • The Origin of Species (2008)
  • Sleep (2015)


  • Roots and Frontiers (essays and memoir) (2003)
  • Pierre Elliott Trudeau (biography) (2009)


  1. ^ Nino Ricci's entry in The Canadian Encyclopedia
  2. ^ "Appointments to the Order of Canada". June 30, 2011.

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