Craftwork: Setting as Character with Nino Ricci
Thursday October 3, 2013
Internationally acclaimed author Nino Ricci presented a talk on “Setting as Character." This event is part of Craftwork, our series of talks by some of today’s most exciting writers on the nuts and bolts of creating great fiction, presented in partnership with One Story.
From verdant jungles to frozen mountaintops to isolated prairies, settings in fiction can be more than just evocative, they can become characters in their own right. Nino Ricci will draw on his own use of the Galapagos in his award winning novel The Origin of Species, and illuminate how his real life trip to Darwin’s islands inspired him.
Nino Ricci’s first novel, Lives of the Saints, garnered international acclaim. It was published in eighteen countries and won a host of awards including the Governor General's Award for Fiction and the Books in Canada First Novel Award, and, in England, the Betty Trask Award and the Winifred Holtby Prize. It formed the first volume of a trilogy that was completed by In A Glass House and Where She Has Gone, which was shortlisted for the Giller Prize for Fiction. The Lives of the Saints trilogy was adapted as a miniseries starring Sophia Loren and Kris Kristofferson.
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