It is with deep sadness that we announce that Canadian children’s author and storyteller Jan Andrews passed away on September 2, 2017. Several days prior, Jan sustained severe brain trauma after falling down a flight of stairs.
Born in Shoreham-by-the-Sea, Sussex, England, Jan came to Canada in 1963, living in Saskatoon before settling in the Ottawa-area. Her first children’s book, Fresh Fish… and Chips, was published in 1973 by Canadian Women’s Educational Press. Jan went on to publish several noted children’s books including The Auction, The Very Last First Time, The Silent Summer of Kyle McGinley and When Apples Grew Noses and White Horses Flew, among others.
In addition to writing children’s books, Jan was widely recognized as a superb storyteller. She was the first president of the Storytellers of Canada-Conteurs du Canada and served as director of the StorySave project.
On November 18, 2016, Jan was named to the Order of Canada for her contributions to Canadian culture as a children’s book author and as a pioneer of Canada’s storytelling movement.
Our condolences go out to Jan’s family and friends.