Hilary Weston Writers' Trust Prize for Nonfiction Finalist



Charles Foran | 
Mordecai: The Life & Times
Knopf Canada

Charlie Foran

Jury Citation

Charles Foran’s biography, Mordecai: The Life & Times, is an epic work of scholarship and energy, capturing the career and life of the Montreal writer, Mordecai Richler, with a majesty that doesn’t betray the wit and sincerity of Canada’s most famous literary contrarian. Mordecai delivers an authentic portrait of a writer who could be both tragic and gut-busting funny, a loving family man and defender of human rights, who could also snap off barbed quips infuriating both Quebec and anglo nationalists, as well as his fellow writers, and even his own Jewish community in Montreal. To portray this multi-faced life with such amazing ease signals the quality of Mordecai. It’s a big book, inclusive, intelligent, and sometimes sad. Charles Foran never wears his research on his sleeve, easing it near-invisibly into the web of this great life. Mordecaiis well written, exciting to read, even-handed, and magisterial.

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About the Book

Novelist, satirist, and journalist Mordecai Richler is considered the lion of Canadian literature. In his lifetime he won multiple Governor General's Literary Awards, the Giller Prize, and the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize, as well as many awards for his children’s books. With the support of the Richler family and access to a restricted archive of about 1,000 letters housed at the University of Calgary, Charles Foran has written a biography which offers intimate details about this passionate Canadian and the turbulent times that nurtured him.

About the Author

Charles Foran is the author of ten books, both fiction and nonfiction. His latest, Mordecai, won the 2011 Charles Taylor Prize for Literary Non-Fiction and is a finalist for the Governor General’s Literary Award. Foran has taught at universities in China, Hong Kong, and Canada, and is a former columnist for the Montreal Gazette. He lives with his family in Peterborough, Ontario.

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