About Andrea

andi-gardenI’m a writer and editor living in Toronto. I write for both adults and young people.

What’s for Lunch? How Schoolchildren Eat Around the World
was my first book aimed at children. It is published in Canada, the U.S. and Korea. My upcoming young adult novel is called Big Water. It’s a fiction based on the true story of the wreck of the S.S. Asia, a passenger steamer on Georgian Bay that sank in a fall storm in 1882. The only survivors were a pair of teenagers, one a boy, the other a girl.

My most recent book for grownups is The Stop: How the Fight for Good Food Transformed a Community and Inspired a Movement, written with Nick Saul, who is a food activist and my husband. It is a bestseller and won some awards in Canada. The first book I ever wrote was a story about my family called Into the Blue: Family Secrets and the Search for a Great Lakes Shipwreck. I was thrilled that it won the Edna Staebler Award for Creative Non-Fiction.

Before I started writing books, I wrote and edited for magazines and newspapers like Toronto Life, Cottage Life, Chatelaine, Canadian Geographic, Explore and Today’s Parent, among other publications.

I have an older brother and spent my childhood in Barrie, Ontario, where I played lots of sports, read lots of books and wrote many stories. I attended McGill University and studied history there. I live with my husband and our two boys in an old house in the west end where I write, grow vegetables and play a lot of catch.