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 twelve 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, and two QSPELL prizes.  You can learn more about his books on this website and read more recent work.  Charlie has also made radio documentaries for CBC’s Ideas and co-wrote the Gemini-winning 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.  In fall 2018 he was awarded the Writers’ Trust Fellowship.

From 2015-2019, Charlie Foran served as CEO of the Institute for Canadian Citizenship (ICC).  He is currently Executive Director of the Writers’ Trust of Canada.

He divides his time between Toronto and Port Hope..

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