Philip Hyams is a Canadian/Israeli publisher, novelist, poet, artist, journalist and film producer. Born in Montreal, Que. Canada - Mr. Hyams has also lived in London, Amsterdam, Montreal and Toronto. His first novel Canaan Barred was published in 1995 by Tell Books – New York/Toronto and his writing has been published in more than 200 print and electronic journals around the world from the U.S and Britain to Sweden and South Africa.
Mr. Hyams has been an award-winning documentary health and lifestyle film producer and broadcaster with the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation where he was the first producer in North America to cover the plight of North American Natives’ battle with Epidemic Diabetes, as well as an advocate for disability issues. He still serves as Director of Aboriginal Affairs for the Canadian Branch of the Commonwealth Journalists Association. He has been a member of PEN Canada.
Mr. Hyams also has held senior marketing management roles for a number of NASDAQ-based companies with an emphasis on Enterprise User Provisioning and Software Security. Currently, Mr. Hyams is involved in a number of feature film, commercial and creative print and web-centric projects. Mr. Hyams is listed in Who’s Who In The World – 2002.- 2010
While living in Europe he performed his work under the auspices of the internationally known One World Poetry Organization along side poets such as Jack Micheline and Gregory Corso and as an artist was very early on affiliated with the “Copyart” movement producing graphic works on large-format XEROX color copy installations. He has also been a journalist for the Israeli edition of Internet World.
“...I believe I would have killed Ahmed. Oh why did they prevent me? Yet...I know it is not him. He cannot be held to blame..."
A contemporary twist on the classic tale of forbidden love, Canaan Barred is the story of one man’s desperate attempt to find meaning in a world where prejudice, bigotry, and hatred conspire to destroy his humanity.