Richard C. Morais collected works.


Buddhaland Brooklyn, now available in bookstores, is Mr. Morais’ novel about a repressed Buddhist priest who has lived a remote existence in the mountains of Japan before he is sent by his superior to open up a temple in New York. The Hundred-Foot Journey, Mr. Morais’ first novel, is both an international and New York Times bestseller about a lowly Indian chef who conquers the elite world of French haute cuisine. The Hundred-Foot Journey is published in 30 territories across the globe and has been made into a film by DreamWorks Studio and Harpo Films. Produced by Steven Spielberg, Oprah Winfrey, and Juliet Blake, The Hundred-Foot Journey film was directed by Lasse Hallstrom and stars Dame Helen Mirren, Om Puri, Manish Dayal, and Charlotte le Bon. It was released globally in the summer of 2014.

Mr. Morais is the editor of Barron’s Penta, a quarterly magazine and website offering insights and advice to wealthy families. Prior to Barron’s, Mr. Morais worked for Forbes magazine for 25 years. His brief at Forbes allowed him to write on any subject he chose and to travel the world. He joined Forbes in 1984 as a Reporter in New York.

An American born in Portugal and raised in Switzerland, Mr. Morais has lived most of his life overseas, returning to the U.S. in late 2003. He was stationed in London for 17 years as Forbes’ European Correspondent (1986 to 1989), Senior European Correspondent (1991 to 1998), and European Bureau Chief (1998 to 2003.) He wrote numerous cover stories for Forbes, from billionaire profiles to corporate dissections, but he was best known for unusual business stories on everything from the hashish entrepreneurs of Holland, to the ship breakers of India, to the human organ traders of China. Mr. Morais’s news-making political interviews have been with the likes of British Prime Minister Tony Blair, Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, and the Czech Republic’s Prime Minister Vaclav Klaus.

Mr. Morais has won six nominations and three awards from the London-based Business Journalist of the Year Awards, the industry standard for international business coverage.

Mr. Morais started his career in New York as a news intern for the PBS TV program, The MacNeil/Lehrer Newshour, and eventually rose to selling freelance film features to The New York Times. Mr. Morais is the author of the unauthorized biography, Pierre Cardin: The Man Who Became a Label (Bantam Press,) published in 1991 to critical acclaim: “This is not a hagiography; neither is it a hatchet job. He has caught the essence of the man.” (Financial Times.) “There is extraordinary, often startling information throughout this book but the pleasure is in the writing. I hope Morais is working on a second book.” (Sunday Telegraph.) “Thorough, excellently researched, racy and entertaining.” (International Herald Tribune.)

While he was in the UK, Mr. Morais appeared regularly on Sky News, BBC News, ITV News, and various radio stations, including the influential “Today” show on the BBC’s Radio 4. In the U.S., his work has led to an editorial credit on CBS’ “60 Minutes,” plus appearances on Ted Koppel’s “Nightline,” ABC, CNN, and various NPR radio stations.

Mr. Morais is a graduate of Sarah Lawrence College and lives in New York with his wife and daughter.

2015 Citizen Diplomat of the Year

February 1st, 2015

Richard C. Morais in Kindergarten at ICS, with friend Yuko

Richard C. Morais in Kindergarten at ICS, with friend Yuko

All my writing life, I have quietly tried to find what I have in common with characters far different from who I am and the heritage I was born into. I did this entirely for my own selfish reasons, so I wouldn’t feel so strange and alone in the world, but many years later, it seems the fantasies I explored in the privacy of my writing room have resonated with others.

This week Global Ties U.S., an umbrella group for over 120 non-profits that is helping to “shape U.S. foreign relations by opening avenues for greater understanding and cooperation,” is granting me their highest honor, the 2015 Citizen Diplomat of The Year, an award largely financed by the U.S. State Department.

Why? “Mr. Morais is receiving this award for promoting cross-cultural understanding in all his literary works,” Global Ties U.S. stated in its press announcement.

There have been nine other recipients of this prestigious award so far, including Maya Angelou and Senator J. William Fulbright, so I am sure you can understand why I am deeply moved by this honor.

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