Nino Ricci

Author

Nino Ricci is a critically acclaimed and popular Canadian author. His honours include receiving two Governor General’s Awards for fiction, the Alistair MacLeod Award for Literary Achievement (2006), and York University’s Pinnacle Achievement Award (2010)

Ricci was born in Leamington, Ontario in 1959, where he was raised by his Italian immigrant parents Virginio and Amelia Ricci. He received a B.A. in English literature from York University in 1981, a Master’s in Creative Writing from Concordia University in 1987, and graduated from Italian Studies at the University of Florence in 1989.

In 1990 Ricci released his debut novel, Lives of the Saints. The book became commercially and critically successful, and won the Books in Canada First Novel Award, the 1990 Governor General’s Award for Fiction and a Betty Trask Award. He released two sequels, In a Glass House (1993) and Where She Has Gone (1997), which was nominated as a Giller Prize finalist.

Ricci served as a board member for PEN Canada from 1990-1996 and was the organization’s president from 1995-1996.

The author was appointed as the Writer-in-Residence at the University of Windsor in 2005-2006.

In 2003 Ricci published Testament, a fictional biography of Jesus Christ. The novel received praise from reviewers, was short-listed for the Commonwealth Prize for Canada and the Caribbean, and won the Trillium Book Award. His next novel, The Origin of the Species (2008), won the Governor General’s Award.

In 2011 Ricci was appointed as a member of the Order of Canada and in 2012 received an honorary doctorate from the University of Windsor. In 2015 Ricci was appointed the writer-in-resident at the University of Toronto.

Timeline:

– Born in Leamington, Ontario in 1959.
– Received a B.A. in English literature from York University in 1981
– Received a Master’s in Creative Writing from Concordia University in 1987
– Graduated from Italian Studies at the University of Florence in 1989
– Published debut novel in 1990, Lives of the Saints. The book won the 1990 Governor General’s Award for Fiction.
– Served as a board member for PEN Canada from 1990-1996.
– Acted as Pen Canada’s president from 1995-1996.
– In 1997, Ricci’s novel Where She Has Gone was nominated as a Giller Prize finalist.
– Appointed as the Writer-in-Residence at the University of Windsor in 2005-2006.
– In 2003 won the Trillium Book Award for his novel Testament.
– Was awarded the Alistair MacLeod Award for Literary Achievement in 2006.
– Won the 2008 Governor General’s Award for his novel The Origin of the Species.
– In 2010 was awarded York University’s Pinnacle Achievement Award.
– In 2011 Ricci was appointed as a member of the Order of Canada.
– Received an honorary doctorate from the University of Windsor in 2012.
– In 2015 Ricci was appointed the writer-in-residence at the University of Toronto.

Sources:

Canadian Encyclopedia, The. Nino Ricci. Web Feb 10, 2016.

Nino Ricci. Biography. Web Feb 10, 2016.

Nino Ricci. CV. Web Feb 10, 2016.