Kertes, Joseph

Joseph Kertes

Joseph Kertes was born in Hungary but escaped with his family to Canada after the 1956 revolution. He studied English at York University and the University of Toronto. He founded Humber College’s distinguished creative writing and comedy programs and served as Dean of the Humber’s Creative and Performing Arts. His first novel, Winter Tulips, won the Stephen Leacock Award for Humour. Gratitude won a Canadian National Jewish Book Award and the U.S. National Jewish Book Award for Fiction. His latest novel, The Afterlife of Stars, has been described by Anne Michaels as “unforgettable and deeply moving.”


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