1931 - Born on January 27th in St. Urbain Street on the Plateau in Montreal, Quebec. A prominent author, scriptwriter, and essayist. 1960 - Married to Florence Wood. 1969 - Won the Governor General's Literary Award for Cocksure. 1972 - He returned to Canada, dividing his time between Montreal and Quebec's Eastern Townships. - Won Governor General's Literary Award for St. Urbain's Horseman. 1974 - Won the Screenwriters Guild of America Award for Best Comedy for screenplay of The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz. 1976 - Jacob Two-Two Meets the Hooded Fang started as a bedtime tale for his youngest son, it went on to win two major children's book prizes. 1995 - Jacob Two-Two's adventures continue in two other stories, the most recent, Jacob Two-Two's First Spy Case, winning one of the prestigious Mr. Christie's Book Awards. 1997 - He wrote ten novels in total - "The Acrobats (published when he was mere 23!), Son of a Smaller Hero, A Choice of Enemies, The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz", The Incomparable Atuk, "Cocksure", "St. Urbain's Horseman", "Joshua Then and Now", "Solomon Gursky Was Here" and "Barney's Version". Belling the cat and other essays, shovelling trouble, great comic book heroes and other essays, Broadsides are some of his essay collections. The Street is a memoir/short story collection. Oh,Canada, Oh,Quebec, A Requeim for a divided country" is his controversial study of the Quebec situation. Solomon Gursky Was Here was shortlisted for Booker Prize. Barney's Version won the first Giller Prize. Richler's friend, the famous director Ted Kotcheff (and many others!) consider Solomon Gursky Was Here as the masterpiece of richler. 2001 - Died on July 3rd in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.
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