Joseph Kertes was born in Hungary but escaped with his family during the Revolution of 1956. He studied English at York University and the University of Toronto. He founded Humber College's creative writing and comedy programs and was the recipient of numerous awards for teaching and innovation. He was for many years Humber's Dean of Creative and Performing Arts.
His first novel, Winter Tulips, won the Stephen Leacock Award for Humour. His third novel, Gratitude, won a Canadian National Jewish Book Award and the U.S. National Jewish Book Award for Fiction. His novel, The Afterlife of Stars, was a New York Times Book Review: Editor’s Choice. His latest novel is called Last Impressions.
He was the recipient of the 2017 Harbourfront Festival Prize for his contribution to literature and to the literary community.