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Noah Richler

Noah Richler

Stepping Aside: Narrating Canada Today

Noah Richler produced and hosted documentaries from several continents for BBC Radio for fourteen years, a number of them prize-winning, before returning, in 1998, to his native Canada to join the fledgling staff of the National Post. He has worked in bars, mines and on a lobster boat in Nova Scotia, as a jughound for a seismic crew in the Prairies, produced musical theatre in the Rockies and a travelling troupe to Kenya, and was the Literary & Ideas curator for Luminato, a major Canadian arts festival. But he had his start when, not yet sixteen, he was hired as a prospector’s assistant working out of the Yukon. Now he is an author, journalist, cultural critic, an occasional broadcaster – and a failed political candidate. He has won three gold National Magazine Awards for his travel writing and essays. His first book, This Is My Country, What’s Yours? A Literary Atlas of Canada (McClelland & Stewart, 2006), was a major consideration of the effect of landscape on Canadian writing and won the 2007 British Columbia Award for Canadian Non-Fiction and was nominated for a Writers’ Trust Non-Fiction prize. It was on most Canadian Best Book lists and, in 2010, named one of the Top Ten Books of the Decade by Macleans magazine. His penultimate book, What We Talk About When We Talk About War, (Goose Lane Editions, 2012) was a finalist for the Shaughnessy Cohen Award for Political Writing and the Governor-General’s Literary Award for Non-Fiction, and was short and long-listed for several other prizes. His most recent book, The Candidate, Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail (Doubelday Canada, 2016), a provocative look at the last election from the point of view of one of the country’s more than fourteen hundred local campaigns, was nominated for the Shaughnessy Cohen Award for Political Writing and a Stephen Leacock Award for Humour, and was recently optioned for television. He divides his time between the Digby Neck, in Nova Scotia, and Toronto, Ontario.

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