About Andrea

Andrea Curtis is an award-winning writer and editor.

Her latest adult book, The Stop: How the Fight for Good Food Transformed a Community and Inspired a Movement, written with Nick Saul, is a bestseller and a winner of the Taste Canada Food Writing Award. It also won an Award of Merit at the Heritage Toronto Awards, and was nominated for the Toronto Book Award and the OLA Evergreen Award. Her first book, the critically acclaimed creative nonfiction work Into the Blue: Family Secrets and the Search for a Great Lakes Shipwreck (Random House) won the Edna Staebler Award for Creative Non-Fiction.

Andrea also writes for young people. Her YA novel, Big Water, has recently been published by Orca Books. The followup to her bestselling kids’ nonfiction What’s for Lunch? How Schoolchildren Eat Around the World  is also just out from Red Deer Press. It’s called Eat This! How Fast Food Marketing Gets You to Buy Junk (and how to fight back).

Her writing has appeared in Toronto Life, Cottage Life, Chatelaine, Canadian Geographic, Explore, This Magazine, Utne Reader, The Globe & Mail, The National Post and Today’s Parent, among other publications.

Andrea has written about everything from women’s health to neighbourhood change, from personalities in the literary world to those in the urban forest. Her writing has won six Canadian National Magazine Awards plus three that she shared with others. She has also won three International Regional Magazine Awards.

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

She is currently Program Director for Word-Play: Writing in the City, a nonprofit community-based creative writing workshop based out of TYPE books in Toronto. She teaches a weekly after-school program for Grade 6 students in the neighbourhood. She also volunteers with the Word-Play board.

Andrea grew up in Barrie, Ontario. She’s a graduate of McGill University where she studied history. She lives in Toronto with her family.