Kertes, Joseph

Joseph Kertes was born in Hungary, but escaped with his family to Canada after the revolution of 1956. Kertes founded Humber College’s creative writing and comedy programs. He was until recently Humber’s Dean of Creative and Performing Arts and is a recipient of numerous awards for teaching and innovation. His first novel, Winter Tulips, won the Stephen Leacock Award for Humour. Boardwalk, his second novel, and two children’s books, The Gift and The Red Corduroy Shirt, met with critical acclaim. His novel, Gratitude, won a Canadian National Jewish Book Award and the U.S. National Jewish Book Award for Fiction. Kertes’s latest novel is called The Afterlife of Stars. It was a New York Times Book Review Editor’s Choice. He is the most recent winner of the Harbourfront Festival Prize.


Events Joseph Kertes was involved in

  • Lit Jam 2018

    Wednesday, February 21, 2018 - 7:30 PM

    An interactive night of storytelling where teams composed of emerging writers from various creative writing programs will compete by improvising stories on stage.


  • Held in Suspense

    Saturday, October 28, 2017 - 1:00 PM

    K.J Howe, Grace O’Connell and Andrew Pyper discuss the psychology of suspense with Joseph Kertes.


  • Looking Back: History in Fiction

    Friday, October 27, 2017 - 6:00 PM

    From 1928 Tour de France to Prohibition-Era Detroit in 1927, and from 1874 Launceston to 1921 Palestine, authors David Coventry, Alison Pick, Emily Schultz and Rohan Wilson discuss how time and place inspire and inform their fiction.


  • IFOA Stratford

    Sunday, October 22, 2017 - 6:30 PM

    IFOA Stratford welcomes winner of the Latino International Book Award Chantel Acevedo and Sherlock Award winner Mark Billingham.


  • Kobzar @ IFOA

    Saturday, October 21, 2017 - 11:00 AM

    Join the finalists the Kobzar Literary Award finalists as they read from their nominated works.