The Life and Times of Mordecai Richler: Charles Foran

Recorded at the Revue Stage on Friday, October 22, 2010.

Mordecai Richler’s appearances at the Writers Festival were legendary. And now, Charles Foran, with this definitive, detailed and intimate life story of Richler – the lion of Canadian literature – comes to life again. Foran, who had access to family letters and archives, used them to draw this rich and passionate portrait of an outsized and outrageous man whose real life reads like fiction. A young bohemian and irreverent writer, Richler was also a passionate and controversial Canadian, a loyal friend and deeply romantic lover. Foran captures his essence, warts and all. Bill Richardson speaks with Foran about Richler the man and the “barnacled” myths that persist about his social graces.

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Charles Foran has published eight books, including four novels, and writes regularly for magazines and newspapers in Canada and elsewhere. He is a contributing reviewer for the Globe and Mail, and has made radio documentaries for the CBC program Ideas—on subjects ranging from Hong Kong cinema to contemporary Indian writing. He lives in Peterborough, Ontario with his family. His latest book is a biography, Mordecai: The Life and Times.