Jael Richardson is the author of The Stone Thrower: A Daughter’s Lesson, a Father’s Life, a memoir based on her relationship with her father, CFL quarterback Chuck Ealey. The book received a CBC Bookie Award and earned Richardson an Acclaim Award and a My People Award as an Emerging Artist. In a review in the National Post, Lawrence Hill called the book, “a valuable addition to the body of memoirs about family and identity”. The recently adapted children’s book – also called The Stone Thrower — was shortlisted for the Elizabeth Mrazik-Cleaver Canadian Picture Book Award and was one of 12 titles chosen for the OneWorld Schoolhouse Rainforest of Reading program in St. Lucia in 2017. Richardson is a book columnist for CBC’s q and holds an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Guelph. She lives in Brampton, Ontario where she founded and serves as the Artistic Director for the Festival of Literary Diversity (FOLD) – Canada’s first festival for diverse authors and storytellers.