Charlie Foran was born and raised in Toronto. He holds degrees from the University of Toronto and University College, Dublin, and has taught in China, Hong Kong, and Canada. He has published ten books, including four novels, and writes regularly for magazines and newspapers. He is a contributing reviewer for The Globe and Mail and has won awards for his fiction, non-fiction, and journalism. He is also president of PEN Canada, the organization of writers and readers committed worldwide to defending freedom of speech. Foran has made radio documentaries for the CBC program Ideas and co-wrote the TV documentaryMordecai Richler: The Last of the Wild Jews. A senior fellow at Massey College, University of Toronto, he divides his time between Toronto and Peterborough.