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Lakehead U Students and Employees Enjoy Encounter with Nino Ricci, Renowned Canadian Author

The Institute of Italian Studies - Lakehead University, in partnership with the Lakehead University Department of English, is pleased to welcome Canadian author Nino Ricci to campus to give a reading from his novel, The Origin of the Species.  He'll also talk about storytelling, and will answer questions from audience members.   

This event takes place:

Date: Thursday, March 4
Time: 2:30 p.m.
Location: ATAC 2021 (Thunder Bay) with video conferencing to HP Boardroom (Orillia)


Nino Ricci was born and raised in Leamington, Ontario.  His university studies took him to York University, Concordia University, and the University of Florence. Ricci has taught literature and creative writing, and was the Writer-in-Residence at the University of Windsor in 2005-2006. He also served as President of PEN Canada.

Ricci created a trilogy of novels which chronicles more than 30 years in the life of his protagonist, Vittorio Innocente. The first book, Lives of the Saints, won a Governor General's Award and a Books in Canada First Novel Award. His second book, In a Glass House, followed, and his third book, Where She Has Gone, was a 1997 Giller Prize finalist.  The trilogy was adapted as a television mini-series in 2004. 

In 2003, Ricci published Testament, his fictional biography of Jesus Christ, in which Christ's life is recounted by multiple narrators including Mary Magdalene and Judas. Testament was praised by reviewers and was short-listed for many awards, including the Commonwealth Prize for Canada and the Caribbean. It won the Trillium Book Award. Nino Ricci won his second Governor General's Award for his 2008 novel The Origin of the Species, which chronicles the early mid-life crisis of character Alex Fratarcangeli.  The Governor General's Award jury praised the novel for its "great humanity, realism, and wit."

Last updated June 22, 2010

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