Joel Yanofsky is the author of four books, including Homo Erectus, a collection of comic essays, Jacob’s Ladder, a novel, and Mordecai & Me: An Appreciation of a Kind, which won the 2003 Mavis Gallant QWF Non-fiction Prize and The Canadian Jewish Book Award. He’s a regular book reviewer for The Montreal Gazette and has written for a variety of publications, including The Toronto Star, Canadian Geographic, The National Post, Walrus, and The Village Voice. He’s won two National Magazine Awards as well as The Malahat Review’s 2008 Creative Non-fiction prize for his personal essay “Bad Day”. He’s also co-written, with Peter Curtis, the musical Love U: The Grad School Musical, which was performed in California in April 2008. His latest book is Bad Animals: A Father’s Accidental Education in Autism, published by Penguin Canada. He lives in Montreal with his wife and son.