Richler Biographer Charles Foran to Participate in Writers Reading Series at Trent University


Free public lecture offered at Peterborough and Oshawa campuses

Monday, September 26, 2011, Peterborough

The Department of English Literature at Trent University is delighted to announce the 23rd season of the Writers Reading Series, featuring Mordecai Richler biographer Charlie Foran on Wednesday, September 28 at 7 p.m. in the Junior Common Room (Scott House) at Traill College in Peterborough, and again on Thursday, September 29 at the Oshawa Thornton Road Campus at 7 p.m. in room 125.  

Charlie Foran has published ten books, including four novels, two works of political travel, a study of childhood, a collection of essays, and the biographies Mordecai: The Life and Times and Maurice Richard. He is a contributing reviewer for The Globe and Mail and writes regularly for magazines and newspapers in Canada and elsewhere. He has created radio documentaries for CBC’s Ideas on subjects ranging from Hong Kong cinema to contemporary Indian writing.

The winner of the 2011 Charles Taylor Prize ($25,000), Mr. Foran was recently added to the shortlist for the Hilary Weston Writers' Trust Non-fiction prize for his biography of Mordecai Richler. At $60,000, the Hilary Weston Non-fiction prize is among the most prestigious non-fiction prizes in the country.

“We're delighted to have Charlie read for us; he's one of Canada's most accomplished and versatile writers,” said Dr. Lewis MacLeod, associate professor in the English Literature Department at Trent. “An acclaimed novelist, veteran journalist and award-winning biographer, Charlie is probably Canada's foremost "man of letters."  It's hard to imagine somebody who knows more about "the writing life" in this country than Charlie.  Plus, he's a fun guy to talk to.”

The Writers Reading Series brings award-winning and world-class authors to Peterborough and Oshawa for literary readings, critical and practical discussions and intriguing conversation. As befits the range and scope of Canada’s literary landscape, the guest authors have been known to cover emotional and intellectual ground while keeping the mood of the events light and humourous.

This is a free public event. All are welcome.


For more information, please contact:
Lewis MacLeod, associate professor, English Literature, Trent University,
705-748-1011 x7733 or

For a listing of upcoming events in the Writers Reading Series, please visit: