2011 Finalist


Charles Foran

Mordecai: The Life & Times

Mordecai: The Life & Timesby Charles Foran

In the preface to his superb biography, Mordecai: The Life and Times, Charles Foran writes, “Lucky the biographer presented with such complexity in his subject. Luckier still if that character reveals itself with equal force in the work and in the life.” Foran indeed is lucky, but the shade of Mordecai Richler, it turns out, is equally happy to have a biographer who knows what to do with his good fortune. Literary journalist and fiction writer Charles Foran has written a lucid, eloquent, judicious book on one of Canada's greatest novelists. It is thoroughly researched, but Foran never allows detail to overwhelm his memorable narrative.


BC Award for Non Fiction
Charles Foran at the presentation ceremony, January 31, 2011.
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