Richler is profiled in the 1996 book Brave Souls: Writers and Artists Wrestle with God, Love, Death and the Things that Matter (Stoddart of Toronto) By Douglas Todd.
After he recounts his becoming an 'unbeliever' in his youth, Douglas Todd asks if he's still an atheist. He replies: "There's just one trip around the block and you better have as good a time as possible without hurting anybody else. But beyond that, that's it. Only Shirley MacLaine is guaranteed return trips again and again."