Nino Ricci's sleeping disorder inspires latest novel

Award-winning author Nino Ricci’s latest novel draws from his personal struggle with a sleeping disorder.

Award-winning author's latest work draws from his personal struggle

How author Nino Ricci's sleeping disorder inspired his latest book

7 years ago
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Award-winning author Nino Ricci’s latest novel, Sleep, draws from his personal struggle with a sleeping disorder.

The protagonist in award-winning author Nino Ricci's latest novel suffers from a menacing sleeping disorder — an affliction that Ricci himself knows all too well. 

The feeling I would get as sleep came on felt like what I thought the moment of death might be like.- Nino Ricci

In this video, Ricci recounts his nightmarish experience of being diagnosed with a sleeping disorder, and how he was able to extract inspiration from this personal struggle for his fiction novel, Sleep.

If you're in Toronto, you can catch Ricci at World Literacy Canada's Kama Benefit Reading Series 2016 on January 27th at the Gardiner Museum.

Watch Exhibitionists Sunday at 4:30pm (5pm NT) on CBC Television.


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