Charlie Foran was born and raised in Toronto. He holds degrees from the University of Toronto and the University College, Dublin, and has taught in China, Hong Kong, and Canada. He has published eleven books, including five novels.  His fiction, non-fiction, and journalism have won the Governor General’s Literary Award, the Weston Prize, the Taylor Prize, a Canadian Jewish Book Award, two QSPELL prizes, and several National Magazine Awards.  You can learn more about his books on this website and read recent work.  Charlie has also made radio documentaries for the CBC program Ideas and co-wrote the Gemini-winning TV documentary Mordecai Richler: The Last of the Wild Jews. A past president of PEN Canada, he is a senior fellow at Massey College, and an adjunct professor in the Dept of English at the University of Toronto.  In 2014 he was named to the Order of Canada.

Charlie Foran is also CEO of the Institute for Canadian Citizenship (ICC).  Since 2016 the ICC has presented 6 Degrees, a global platform dedicated to exploring inclusion and citizenship in the 21st century.  To learn more the ICC, please visit:

He lives in Toronto with his family.

Photo credits: © James Lahey 2010,

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Videos and Interviews

CTV interview about Mordecai.

Produced by CTV

On the release of Mordecai.

Produced by Cogeco TV, published on YouTube

Studio 4 with Fanny Kiefer, Part 1

Studio 4 with Fanny Kiefer, Part 2

Produced by Shaw TV, published on YouTube

2011 Charles Taylor Prize

Produced by CNW Group, published on YouTube

That Shakespearean Rag

A conversation with Steven Beattie about Join the Revolution, Comrade

Days Road Writers’ Workshops

A conversation with Allyson Latta about The Last House of Ulster

Carolan’s Farewell

A video of Charlie speaking about the novel Carolan’s Farewell



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