In Memory: Jan Andrews

By Gayleen Rabakukk

Author and storyteller Jan Andrews died Sept. 2, while Cynsations was on summer hiatus.

Obituary Note: Jan Andrews from Shelf Awareness. Peek: “British-born storyteller and children’s author Jan Andrews, who immigrated to Canada in her 20s and ‘wrote books for children of all ages, often inspired by the people and landscape of her adopted home,’ died September 2, Quillblog reported. She was 75.”

Jan Andrews, Canadian children’s author and storyteller, dies after a fall by Shanda Deziel from Quill & Quire. Peek: “’Jan’s experience as a storyteller gave her a particularly strong voice as a writer, and she used her strong and passionate voice to write honestly and without condescension for child readers,’ says Sheila Barry, president and publisher of Groundwood (Books).”

In 2016, Jan was appointed to the Order of Canada for her contributions to Canadian culture both as an author of children’s books and for her contributions to Canada’s storytelling movement.

In 2002, she founded StorySave, “a project of Storytellers of Canada-Conteurs du Canada that records the voices of elders from the Canadian storytelling community.” She was also a founding member of Storytellers of Canada – Conteurs du Canada, and received their Storykeeper award in 2013. See also Jan’s Storytelling Club.