hes a canadian writer, from montreal. im reading 'the street' right now, almost finished it actually. its a collection of short stories, all related to him growing up in a working-class jewish neighbourhood. its extremely nostalgic and his writting is very attractive, you can really imagine what he's writting about without an overflow of misplaced detail. funny yet touching, with a truly real feeling too the stories. anyways, i thought id share this, not knowing how well known richler is abroad. its a great read and i cant wait to read more of his work.