Jacques Goldstyn was born in 1958 in Saint-Eugène d’Argentenay, in the Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean region. A graduate of the Université de Montréal in geology, he was a petroleum geologist who worked in locations such as Gaspésie , Abitibi-Témiscamingue and Alberta.In 1981, he began his career as an illustrator. Also known by the pen name of Boris, Jacques Goldstyn is an illustrator and a political cartoonist. He is a regular contributor to the children’s magazine Les Débrouillards and his books include Letters to a Prisoner and Bertolt, both of which were chosen as a Kirkus Reviews Best Picture Books of 2017. He has twice won Le Grand Prix du journalisme indépendant for editorial illustration and lives in Montreal, Quebec. In 2017, he won the Governor General’s Award for the album Azadah.