12 Sep 2012

Special Needs Conference -- September 13th

Marla Vineberg Emery kindly invited me to speak at her Special Needs Fair on September 13th at the Hilton Airport Hotel in Montreal at 6500 Cote de Liesse, time is 12:30. the conference runs from 10 to 8. please check it out and come hear me if you have a chance. Cynthia and I also had the opportunity to speak to pediatric residents at the Montreal Children's Hospital the other day. Thanks for the invite to Dr. Shuvo Ghosh. It was illuminating for us and we hope the audience. Cynthia's wish list for parents also gets a shoutout in the New York Times in the Motherlode Website. Thanks to KJ Della'antonio for posting it and posting the link to this website. We love being in the Times.

23 May 2012

Bad Animals on Amazon's Top 10 List

As of May 23, 2012, Bad Animals is one of the top 10 books on Amazon's list of Hot New Releases in Autism & Asperger's Syndrome.  Check out the list here.

18 May 2012

A Bar Mitzvah, With Autism

The following is an excerpt from an article published in the New York Times as part of the Motherlode section.

It should be interesting.

At least, that’s what I’ve been telling guests in advance of my son Jonah’s impending bar mitzvah. Sometimes, I wish we’d added this phrase — part disclaimer, part promo — to the invitations that went out a couple of months ago.

01 Apr 2012

Spring news

Some news for the spring. Bad Animals comes out in paperback on April 3rd, but has already been spotted in Costco of all places. Feel like Suzanne Collins. Also American readers can look for Bad Animals in the U.S. from Arcade Publishers. I have been doing a lot of teaching lately to everyone from 12 and 13 year olds high school kids to Cegep students, University and mature students and the same message keeps coming through -- there is no end to the personal stories people have to tell and want to tell. I've enjoyed getting them to begin to believe they can tell those stories. Along those same lines I wrote a personal story about Passover in the March 31st Montreal Gazette. Oh yeah, Happy April 1st, everyone! Alas, nothing in this post is a joke. Not even the bit about Costco.






19 Dec 2011

End of Year

2011 is ending with the same kind of excitement it started with as far as Bad Animals is concerned. It's on the longlist for The Charles Taylor Prize. The announcement of the shortlist will be January 10th so stay tuned. This in addition to its being shortlisted for the B.C. National Award for Canadian Nonfiction and its winning the Mavis Gallant Nonfiction Prize. It's been a lot of fun so far.

08 Dec 2011

Bad Animals Short-listed

The 2012 shortlist for the BC National Award for Canadian Non-Fiction was announced by Keith Mitchell, chair of the BC Achievement Foundation. Bad Animals: A Father’s Accidental Education in Autism was selected by the jury as one of the four finalists out of a field of 134 nominated books. The winner of the BC National Award for Canadian Non-Fiction will be announced in February 2012.

For a link to the BC National Award for Canadian Non-Fiction, click here.

23 Nov 2011

Bad Animals wins QWF Mavis Gallant Prize for Non-fiction

CBC News

Joel Yanofsky's memoir of learning to live with an autistic son, Bad Animals: A Father's Accidental Education in Autism, won the Mavis Gallant non-fiction award.

07 Nov 2011


When he used to host the Academy Awards every year, Bob Hope's would joke that this was the season known around his house as Passover. But I can't complain. Bad Animals is on the long list for the B.C. National Award for Canadian Non-fiction. Turns out it's nice to almost be nominated too. The news for the short list is out on December 5th. The prize is 40 grand. Oh My!

Enjoyed my time in Edmonton last month at the LitFest. Nice to see colleagues and friends like Charlie Foran, Merrily Weisbord, Marni Jackson and thrilled to meet the inimitable Stevie Cameron.

07 Oct 2011

Good news

Go figure, it is nice to be nominated, after all. Just learned that Bad Animals is shortlisted for this year's QWF Mavis Gallant Nonfiction Prize. QWF or the Quebec Writers' Federation will hand out the awards at their annual gala on November 22nd at the Lion d'Or. Congratulations to fellow nominees in all the categories, especially friends and colleagues David Homel, Dimitri Nasrallah, Merrily Weisbord, Jack Hannan, and Don Winkler. Literary awards are a crapshoot and of the books that should have been nominated this year is Monique Polak's young adult novel, Miracleville. It's a great read so go out and get it. A writer's best prize.

02 Oct 2011

Open Season Awards


I was recently asked to judge the creative nonfiction category for The Malahat Review's 2012 Open Season Awards. If you want more information check out The Malahat Review on Facebook, add Open Season and you should be able to find it.

Also, CBC's Canada Reads is holding a vote for Creative Nonfiction this year for the first time and since this is what I call "the season of living shamelessly" -- the season of having a book out, I shamelessly encourage you to vote at the CBC Canada Reads website for Bad Animals. Especially if you enjoyed reading it.

An interview I did with Shelagh Rogers for The Next Chapter is now available online. You can download the podcast on itunes or listen online here.

CBC will also be re-broadcasting it on Saturday October 8th at 4pm.