Nino Ricci was born in 1959 in Leamington, Ontario. He earned a B.A. from York University in 1981, and an M.A. from Concordia University in 1987. He spent two years teaching in Nigeria with CUSO, and one year studying in Florence. He served as one of the directors of PEN Canada from 1990-96, and as President during 1995-96. He currently lives in Toronto, where he writes full-time. He is the author of the multiple award-winning novel Lives of the Saints (1990). He has also published the novels In A Glass House, Where She Has Gone, and Testament. In 2008, Ricci was awarded the Governor General’s Literary Award for his novel The Origin of Species.