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Montreal petitioned to honour Mordecai Richler

On Monday, Montreal city councillor Marvin Rotrand tabled a petition consisting of more than 2,500 signatures calling for a public space to be renamed after Mordecai Richler by July 3, a date marking the 10th anniversary of the author’s death. The CBC has more:

So far, some suggestions have ruffled feathers, including renaming a street such as Mile End’s Fairmount Street or Saint-Urbain Street after the author.

However, Rotrand said one idea is gaining momentum.

“The number one thing is to name a library for Mordecai Richler. A lot of people suggested the Mile End Library,” said Rotrand, noting the library in the heart of the neighbourhood where Richler grew up and set many of his novels, including Barney’s Version. …

“The fact that a writer of the stature of Mordecai Richler doesn’t in his own home town have some sort of recognition seems odd to me,” said Rotrand.