Nino Ricci lends his brilliant ear for creativity to Western as the inaugural holder of the Alice Munro Chair in Creativity in the Faculty of Arts & Humanities.
Ricci’s internationally acclaimed first novel, Lives of the Saints, spent 75 weeks on the Globe and Mail’s bestseller list and won the F.G. Bressani Prize, the Books in Canada First Novel Award and Governor General’s Award for Fiction. He is also the author of Testament, The Origin of Species, Pierre Elliott, along with and his most recent novel, Sleep.
The Munro Chair position, which honours Canadian short story writer and Western alumna Alice Munro, aims to inspire student writers and foster creative expression of all kinds. Munro’s first connection to the Department of English came while she was an undergraduate student pursuing an English major. In October 2013, Munro was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature.