There are few Canadians with the fame Mordecai Richler enjoys. It is not the kind of fame movie stars and musicians endure, crave and then complain about. It's more along the lines of being an ambassador everybody likes.
His recent collection of magazine articles and musings, Belling the Cat (and taken in large part from his contributions to GQ magazine), bear witness to just how much clout Richler's four decades of writing have earned him. He's not a household name, but he is very well respected and he knows it.