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Place of birth: Montreal, Quebec
Place of residence: Montreal, Quebec

A prominent author, scriptwriter, and essayist, Mordecai Richler was persuaded by his children, Daniel, Emma, Noah, Martha, and Jacob, to write something for them. The result was 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 in 1976. It has been translated into French, Finnish, German and Dutch, recorded, filmed, read on the radio, and adapted as a musical. 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 1995 Mr. Christie's Book Awards. Mordecai Richler grew up in Montreal, attended Sir George Williams University, and then lived and wrote in England for many years. Homesick for "blizzards, hockey, smoked-meat sandwiches" and "the mountain lakes of his boyhood", he returned to Canada in 1972, dividing his time between Montreal and Quebec's Eastern Townships.


  • 1969 Governor General's Literary Award for Cocksure.
  • 1972 Governor General's Literary Award for St. Urbain's Horseman.
  • 1974 Screenwriters Guild of America Award for Best Comedy for screenplay of The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz.
  • 1976 Canadian Library Asssociation Book of the Year for Children Award: Jacob Two-Two Meets the Hooded Fang.
  • 1976 Ruth Schwartz Children's Book Award for Jacob Two-Two Meets the Hooded Fang.
  • 1995 Mr. Christie's Book Award (for the best English book age 8 to 11) for Jacob Two-Two's First Spy Case.

Selected Bibliography

Books for Children

Jacob Deux-Deux et le dinosaure. Translated by Jean-Pierre Fournier; illustrated by Norman Eyolfson. Montréal: Québec/Amérique, c1987.
160 p.: ill.; 18 cm. (Collection Jeunesse/romans)
ISBN 2890373398
(Translation of Jacob Two-Two and the Dinosaur)

Jacob deux-deux et le vampire masque. Translated by Jean Simard; illustrated by Fritz Wegner. Montréal: P. Tisseyre, c1977.
92 p.: ill.; 23 cm.
(Collection des deux solitudes: Juvenile)
ISBN 0775300985
(Translation of Jacob Two-Two Meets the Hooded Fang.)

Jacob Two-Two and the Dinosaur. Illustrated by Norman Eyolfson. Markham, Ont.: Puffin Books, 1988 (c1987).
85 p.: ill.; 18 cm.
ISBN 0140323171

Jacob Two-Two Meets the Hooded Fang. Illustrated by Fritz Wegner. Markham, Ont.: Puffin, 1990 (c1975).
83 p.: ill.; 18 cm.
ISBN 0140310509

Jacob Two-Two's First Spy Case. Illustrated by Norman Eyolfson. Toronto: McClelland & Stewart, c1995.
137 p.: ill.; 24 cm.
ISBN 0771074719

Books for Adults

The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz. Toronto: Penguin Books, 1995 (c1959).
378 p.; 20 cm.
ISBN 0140252525

L'Apprentissage de Duddy Kravitz. Translated by Jean Simard. Montréal: P. Tisseyre, 1976.
488 p.; 22 cm. (Collection des deux solitudes)
ISBN 0775300721

(French edition of The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz)
Le Cavalier de Saint-Urbain. Translated by Martine Wiznitzer. Paris: Éditions Buchet/Chastel, c1976.
420 p.; 21 cm.
(French edition of St. Urbain's Horseman)

Cocksure. Toronto: McClelland & Stewart, 1996 (c1968).
(New Canadian library)
ISBN 077103458X

Gursky. Translated by Philippe Loubat-Delranc. Paris: Calmann-Lévy, 1992.
609 p.; 24 cm.
ISBN 2702120768
(French edition of Solomon Gursky Was Here)

Joshua au passé, au présent. Translated by Paule Noyart. Montréal: Les Quinze, 1989.
537 p.; 23 cm.
ISBN 289026386X
(French edition of Joshua Then and Now)

Joshua Then and Now. Toronto: McClelland & Stewart, 1989 (c1980).
441 p.; 18 cm. (New Canadian Library)
ISBN 0771098642

Solomon Gursky Was Here. Toronto: Penguin Books, 1990 (c1989).
557 p.; 18 cm.
ISBN 0140116087

St. Urbain's Horseman. Toronto: McClelland and Stewart, 1989 (c1971).
468 p. (New Canadian Library)
ISBN 0771099746

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