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Charles Foran is the author of many books, both fiction and nonfiction. He won the 2011 Hilary Weston Writers’ Trust Prize for Nonfiction, the Charles Taylor Prize for Literary Non-Fiction, and the Governor General’s Literary Award for Mordecai: The Life & Times. His fifth novel, Planet Lolita, was released in 2014. Foran holds degrees from the University of Toronto and University College, Dublin, and is a senior fellow at Massey College. He lives in Toronto.


Charles Foran, Writers' Trust Fellow (2018)

Award History

2011 Winner

Hilary Weston Writers’ Trust Prize for Nonfiction
for Mordecai: The Life & Times

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. Mordecai is well written, exciting to read, even-handed, and magisterial.” – 2011 Hilary Weston Writers’ Trust Prize for Nonfiction Jury (Brian Brett, Devyani Saltzman, and Russell Wangersky)

Program History

Jury Citation

"The range, depth, and beauty of Charles Foran’s work is an astounding feat. Few authors in Canada or the world write as eloquently or expertly about literary lions and hockey legends; about the Irish Troubles and post-Tiananmen Square China; about lives caught in the public gaze of history or in their most intimate encounters.  In a body of work that spans the tail end of one century and the beginning of another, he’s proven just as adventurous in his choices of genre — moving in and out of fiction, literary nonfiction, journalism, biography, criticism, and advocacy for freedom of speech and diverse societies. The Writers’ Trust salutes and welcomes to its fellowship an indispensable voice in Canadian literature, a masterful storyteller who has helped us understand ourselves and the world around us one book, one essay, one campaign, at a time. " — 2018 Writers’ Trust Fellowship Jury

Works recognized by WT

Carolan's Farewell

Join the Revolution, Comrade

The Last House of Ulster

Planet Lolita