Mordecai Richler was born in Montreal in January 1931. His work includes The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz - made into a film in 1974 - The Acrobats and Barney’s Version. He was twice shortlisted for the Booker Prize, in 1971 with St Urbain’s Horseman and again in 1990 with Solomon Gursky Was Here. He was a prominent journalist and wrote several children’s books, screenplays and movie versions of his own works. A number of his essays were collected in Notes on an Endangered Species.
He died in Montreal in 2001.