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NINO RICCI’s first novel, Lives of the Saints, won the Governor General’s Literary Award for Fiction, the SmithBooks/Books in Canada First Novel Award, and the F.G. Bressani Prize and was made into a motion picture starring Sophia Loren. The novel was also a long-time national bestseller, and was followed by the highly acclaimed In a Glass House and Where She Has Gone, which was shortlisted for the Scotiabank Giller Prize. His bestselling novel Testament won the Trillium Book Award. His most recent novel The Origin of Species received the Governor General’s Literary Award for Fiction and the Canadian Authors Association Award for Fiction.  In total, his novels have appeared on 9 Best Book lists, including The New York Times and England’s Times Literary Supplement.
Nino Ricci has also won the Betty Trask Award for Fiction (UK), The Winnifred Holtby Prize (UK) and the 1992 Prise Contrepoint Madrineaux (France). Nino Ricci was recently named the L.G. Pathy ‘56 Visiting Professor in Canadian Studies at Princeton University and was awarded an honorary Doctor of Laws from the University of Windsor as well the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal.  He has been recognized with the Order of Canada for his contributions to literature as a renowned author.  He lives in Toronto.


Nino’s Books:


Sleep1fullcrop (2)      [forthcoming from Doubleday, Canada, September 2015]

The Origin of Species

Ricci_The Origin of Species

Doubleday Canada, September 2008

Other Press, US, Spring 2010

The Post Publishing Public Company, Thailand

Winner of the 2008 Governor General’s Literary Award for Fiction

Winner of the CAA / MOSAID Technologies, Inc. Award for Fiction

National Bestseller

Longlisted for the Giller Prize

Globe 100 Best Book, 2008

National Post Top 10 Book, 2008

Shortlisted for the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize 2009

Finalist for the 2009 Trillium Book Award

Top Shelf – recommended reading from the San Francisco Chronicle



Doubleday, Canada, Spring 2002

Houghton Mifflin, US, Spring 2003

Natur Och Kultur, Sweden

AST Publishers, Russia

Laguna, Serbia

Perseus, Bulgaria

National Bestseller

Winner of the Trillium Award

Nominated for the Rogers Writers Trust Award

Nominated for the Commonwealth Writers Prize

A Vancouver Sun Best Book Of The Year

Lives of the Saints

Ricci_Lives of the Saints

Winner of the Governor General’s Award

Winner of the Books in Canada First Novel Award

Winner of the F.G. Bressani Prize

Winner of the Betty Trask Award

Winner of the Winifred Holtby Prize