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Andrea Curtis

Andrea Curtis

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Andrea Curtis writes books for adults and young people.

Her most recent works are the informational picture books City Streets are for People, A Forest in the City and City of Water (Groundwood) and the picture book Barnaby (Owlkids). Andrea's first YA novel is Big Water (Orca), inspired by the true story of a Georgian Bay shipwreck. Her other children's books include Eat This! How Fast Food Marketing Gets You to Buy Junk (and how to fight back) and  What's for Lunch? How Schoolchildren Eat Around the World (both from Red Deer Press).

Her books for adults include The Stop: How the Fight for Good Food Transformed a Community and Inspired a Movement, written with Nick Saul. It was published in Canada, the US and UK. The Stop was a bestseller and won the Taste Canada Food Writing award and Heritage Toronto Award of Merit. It was also nominated for the Toronto Book Award and the OLA Evergreen Award.

Andrea's critically acclaimed creative nonfiction book Into the Blue: Family Secrets and the Search for a Great Lakes Shipwreck (Random House) won the Edna Staebler Award for Creative Non-Fiction.

Her writing has also appeared in Toronto LifeCottage LifeChatelaineCanadian GeographicExplore, This MagazineUtne ReaderThe Globe & MailThe National PostToday’s Parent, and Lost magazine.

Before beginning to write full-time, Andrea was an editor at Toronto LifeShift and editor-in-chief of This magazine, one of Canada’s oldest progressive magazines about politics and culture.

Andrea is a graduate of McGill University in Montreal where she studied history.

Email:
andrea@andreacurtis.ca
City:
Toronto
Province:
Ontario
I write professionally in the following language(s):
English

Publications

Big Water. 2018, Orca
City of Water. 2021, Groundwood
A forest in the city. 2020, Groundwood
Barnaby. 2021, Owlkids
Eat this! How Fast Food Marketing Gets you to buy Junk (and how to fight back). 2018, Red Deer Press
The Stop: How the Fight for Good Food Transformed a Community and Started a Movement. 2013, Random House Canada
What's for Lunch? How Schoolchildren Eat Around the World. 2012, Red Deer Press
Into the Blue: Family Secrets and the Search for a Great Lakes Shipwreck. 2004, Random House Canada
City Streets are for People. 2022, Groundwood

Awards

Taste Canada Food Writing Award for The Stop, 2014
Heritage Toronto Award of Merit for The Stop, 2014
Toronto Book Award nominee for The Stop, 2014
OLA Evergreen Award nominee for The Stop, 2014
Eligible for National Public Readings Program:
Yes

WITS

Are you available for public presentations and/or workshops:
Yes
Presentation Length:
45 minutes to 1.5 hours
Grades:
All ages
Audience Size:
10-500
Are you available for school visits?:
Yes
School Presentation Length:
45 minutes
School Intended Audience:
Kindergarten to high school
School Audience Size:
any size
Interested in participating in the Union’s Ontario Writers-in-the-Schools program:
Yes
Interested in participating in the Northern Ontario WITS program:
Yes