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Remind Me

An Evening with Nino Ricci

Wednesday Nov 04 2015 7:00 pm, Winnipeg, Grant Park in the Atrium

Reading from his latest book Sleep (Doubleday Canada) before joining host Neil Besner in conversation. A book signing will follow. Co-presented by the Winnipeg International Writers Festival as part of our collaborative Fall Literary Series.

From multi-award winning author Nino Ricci comes a novel of devastating emotional power and intelligence, and often breathless suspense: the story of one manís descent into sleeplessness.

David Pace is a man who has it all, but whose brain has begun to misfire. It shuts off when David is meant to be awake but otherwise denies him any rest at all. Popping a variety of pills at an increasingly alarming rate, David struggles to remain alert, but his efforts become less and less effective, leaving his family in tatters and his career on the brink. Then, almost by accident, David finds himself with a loaded gun in his hands, and all of a sudden he feels tantalizingly, gloriously awake.

Nino Ricciís first novel, Lives of the Saints, won the Governor Generalís Literary Award for Fiction, among other prizes, and was made into a motion picture starring Sophia Loren. The novel was 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 Generalís Literary Award for Fiction and the Canadian Authors Association Award for Fiction. Ricci has been recognized with the Order of Canada for his contributions to literature as a renowned author. He lives in Toronto.

Neil BesnerBorn in Montreal, Neil Besner grew up in Brazil and was educated in Brazil, the U.S., and Canada. He has taught Canadian literature at the University of Winnipeg since 1987, and is currently Provost and Vice-President. He writes mainly on Canadian literature, with books on Mavis Gallant and Alice Munro; among other books are several edited and co-edited collections and an award-winning translation from Portuguese into English of the Brazilian biography of Elizabeth Bishop.

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Sleep

- Hardcover

by Nino Ricci - $30.00 - Add to Cart

From multi-award winning author Nino Ricci comes a novel of devastating emotional power and intelligence, and often breathless suspense: the story of one man's descent into sleeplessness.      David Pace is a man who has it all--a successful career as an almost-famous academic, a wife blessed with both beauty and brains, a young son and a lovely home. But David's brain has begun to misfire. It shuts off when David is meant to be awake--when he's writing, when he's lecturing, when he's driving--but otherwise denies him any rest at all. Popping a variety of pills at an increasingly alarming rate, David struggles to remain alert, but his efforts become less and less effective, leaving his family in tatters and his career on the brink. Then, almost by accident, David finds himself with a loaded gun in his hands, and all of a sudden he feels tantalizingly, gloriously awake. The sensation, fuelled by a steady mix of pharmaceuticals, launches David towards the extremes of human behaviour, and as his choices become more and more abhorrent and the risks he is willing take more and more dangerous, David's sense of what is real, who he is, and what he is capable of slips terrifyingly out of reach.