Joseph Kertes was born in Hungary but escaped with his family to Canada after the revolution of 1956. His novel Gratitude won the National Jewish Book Award for fiction. Kertes founded Humber College's distinguished creative writing and comedy programs. He is currently Humber's dean of creative and performing arts. His new novel, The Afterlife of Stars, which is in part inspired by his family’s own flight from Hungary at the onset of the Hungarian Revolution, is out this month from Little, Brown.