Apr 10, 2020
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Joseph Kertes (born 1951) is a writer who escaped from Hungary with his family to Canada after the revolution of 1956.
He studied English at York University and the University of Toronto, where he was encouraged in his writing by Irving Layton and Marshall McLuhan. Kertes founded Humber College's distinguished creative writing and comedy programs. He was for 15 years Humber's Dean of Creative and Performing Arts and was a recipient of numerous awards for teaching and innovation.
His first novel, Winter Tulips, won the Stephen Leacock Memorial Medal for Humour in 1989. Boardwalk, his second novel, and two children's books, The Gift and The Red Corduroy Shirt, met with critical acclaim.