We were devastated to hear that renowned author and story teller Jan Andrews has died. Jan was a kind friend and sincere supporter of Mill Street Books who generously offered her time for events. From her first visit when she entertained a young audience in the small area at the back of the store. I was captivated by her stories, her voice and her lovely use of language. On another occasion she led a discussion about her novel The Silent Summer of Kyle McGinley. A highlight was her memorable interpretation of The Odyssey at the Almonte Library. What a feat! She also dropped by for other events where she engaged easily with all ages. Most recently I listened to a recording of Written in the Body. which shared her very personal story.
Nominated for many awards and held in high regard in the storytelling community, we were delighted she was recently recognized with 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. ” Jan championed independent bookstores and was passionate about storytelling. She valued fine writing and enjoyed talking about books. We offer condolences to her partner Jennifer, her family, friends and those who cherished her storytelling.