Andrew Pyper was born in Stratford, Ontario, in 1968. He received a B.A. and an M.A. in English Literature from McGill University in Montreal, as well as a law degree from the University of Toronto. Although called to the bar in 1996, he has never practiced.
His first novel, Lost Girls, was a national bestseller in Canada and a Globe and Mail Notable Book selection in 1999 as well as a Notable Book selection in the New York Times Book Review (2000) and the London Evening Standard (2000). The novel won the Arthur Ellis Award for Best First Novel and is an Otto Penzler pick on Amazon.com. Andrew is attached as screenwriter for a feature film adaptation of Lost Girls, working with producer Steven Hoban (Ginger Snaps, Oscar-winner Ryan, Splice).
Andrew’s second novel, The Trade Mission, was selected by The Toronto Star as one of the Ten Best Books of the Year. His third novel, The Wildfire Season, was a Globe and Mail Best Book of the Year and has been published to acclaim in the U.K., Canada, U.S. and Holland. The Wildfire Season is currently in development for feature film with L.A.-based producer Chris Moore (Good Will Hunting, American Pie).
He lives in Toronto.
And here’s what Andrew has to say about his upcoming summer choices:
Here’s what having a 21-month-old daughter (and the shortened hours that has come with her arrival) has done to my reading strategies: (almost) no more magazines (and definitely no texty ones, ie. The New Yorker, Harpers, etc.), an even greater liberty to quit books that don’t get off the ground in the first 50 to 100 pages, a newfound appreciation of mass market paperbacks (they can fit in the pockets of my shorts), a fiercer-then-ever aversion to the “duty read.” The result has been a more focused — but more pleasurable — reading life. We’re going away to a cabin in Quebec for a couple weeks, and though our daughter will be with us, I am hoping for stolen naptimes for books. The pile, at the moment, includes:
Thanks, Andrew! I’ve been meaning to pick up the Chabon, I think I’ll put that on my TBR Summer list.