Mordecai Richler was born in Montreal, Quebec, in 1931. Raised there in the working-class Jewish neighbourhood around St. Urbain Street, he attended Sir George Williams College (now a part of Concordia University). In 1951 he left Canada for Europe, settling in London, England in 1954. Eighteen years later he moved back to Montreal.
Novelist and journalist, screenwriter and editor, Richler, one of our most acclaimed writers, spent much of his career chronicling, celebrating, and criticizing the Montreal and the Canada of his youth. Whether the settings of his fiction are St. Urbain Street or European capitals, his major characters never forsake the Montreal world that shaped him. His most frequent voice is that of the satirist, rendering an honest account of his times with care and humour.
Richler’s many honours include the Giller Prize, two Governor General’s Awards, and innumerable other awards for fiction, journalism, and screenwriting.
Mordecai Richler died in Montreal in 2001.
Books in the NCL:
Son of a Smaller Hero [N45]
The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz [N66]
The Incomparable Atuk [N79]
A Choice of Enemies [N136]
The Great Comic Book Heroes and Other Essays [N152]
St. Urbain’s Horseman [N185]
Joshua Then and Now [–]
Solomon Gursky Was Here [–]
The Acrobats [–]
The Street [–]