The Mordecai Richler Reading Room

The Richler Writer-in-Residence 2017

Concordia University is pleased to announce that Matthew Forsythe, award-winning graphic artist, author, and illustrator, has been named the Mordecai Richler Writer-in-Residence for 2017. The Mordecai Richler Reading Room, located on Concordia’s downtown Montreal campus, features the desk, typewriter, books, papers, and ashtray that surrounded Richler as he wrote some of Canada’s most memorable works. The Walrus will publish dispatches from Matthew during his residency (January 2017–April 2017), and he will deliver a public lecture hosted by Concordia in spring 2017.


A Note from Matthew Forsythe

The comic is called Comics Professor. It’s about a comic book artist who is accidentally tapped to become artist in residence at a prestigious university.

All characters are fictional. None of this has any basis in reality.


Comics Professor: Part 1

A comic strip by Matthew Forsythe published on thewalrus.ca in partnership with Concordia University
A comic strip by Matthew Forsythe published on thewalrus.ca in partnership with Concordia University
A comic strip by Matthew Forsythe published on thewalrus.ca in partnership with Concordia University

About Matthew Forsythe

Matthew is an award-winning graphic artist, author, and illustrator. His first children’s book, My Name Is Elizabeth! by Annika Dunklee, was a named a 2011 New York Times Notable Children’s Book. His illustrations have appeared in many publications, including the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal. Formerly the lead designer on the Cartoon Network series Adventure Time, he now lives in Montreal and is working on his next book.


Matthew Forsythe and The Walrus


The Richler Writer-in-Residence 2016

Concordia University is hosting Ann-Marie MacDonald as its first Richler Writer in Residence. MacDonald will spend eight weeks in the Mordecai Richler Reading Room—a space on Concordia’s downtown Montreal campus containing the desk, typewriter, books, papers, and ashtray that surrounded Richler as he wrote some of Canada’s most memorable works—writing an adaptation of Hamlet for the Stratford Festival and contributing regularly to thewalrus.ca.

The Writer Settles In: Part 1

Generation Tough: Part 2

Too Sexy for My Books: Part 3

First Lines: Part 4

Writer’s Sporting Life: Part 5

Let’s Go There: Men, Women, Cigars, Richler: Part 6

Out from Underwood: Part 7a

Out from Underwood: Part 7b

The Apprenticeship of…:Part 8


About Ann-Marie MacDonald

Ann-Marie MacDonald (b. 1958) is an acclaimed novelist, playwright, and actor. She is best known for her novels Fall On Your Knees and The Way the Crow Flies—both finalists for the Giller Prize—her plays Goodnight Desdemona (Good Morning Juliet) and Anything That Moves—winners of the Governor General’s Award and Dora Mavor Moore Award, respectively—and as the host of CBC Television’s Doc Zone. Her latest novel, Adult Onset, was published last year.

MacDonald was born to Cape Bretoners on a military base in West Germany, spent her childhood in Canada—but never in any one place for very long—and came of age during the second-wave feminist and post-Stonewall LGBT movements. This confluence of heritage, experiences, and ideology has defined much of her witty, political, narrative-driven writing. She currently resides in Toronto with her partner—director and fellow playwright Alisa Palmer—and two children.


Richler’s Legacy and The Walrus