Biography

Andrew Pyper - photo credit Heidi Pyper

Author’s photo by Heidi Pyper

Andrew Pyper was born in Stratford, Ontario, in 1968. He received a B.A. and M.A. in English Literature from McGill University, as well as a law degree from the University of Toronto. Although called to the bar in 1996, he has never practiced.

His new novel, The Demonologist, will be published in Canada and the US by Simon & Schuster in March, 2013, and by Orion in the UK and Australia in April 2013.  Film rights have been sold to Universal Pictures with Robert Zemeckis’ company, ImageMovers, producing.  Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright, Robert Schenkkan, is adapting.

The Guardians, Andrew’s fifth novel, was published in Canada (Doubleday Canada) in January 2011, the U.K. (Orion) in February 2011, and following this internationally in various territories.  It was selected a Globe and Mail 100 Best Books of the Year.

The Killing Circle, Andrew’s fourth novel, was a national  bestseller in Canada, and has been published in the U.K. (HarperCollins) and U.S. (St. Martin’s/Minotaur).  Translation rights have been sold in Holland, Spain, Germany, Italy, Portugal and Japan.

Andrew Pyper, author

Author’s Photo by Heidi Rittenhouse. Taken atop Eagle’s Nest Bluff (Ts al Cho An in Northern Tutchone), Yukon Territory

Kiss Me, a collection of short stories, was published to acclaim in 1996. Following its publication, Mr. Pyper acted as Writer-in-Residence at Berton House, Dawson City, Yukon, as well as at Champlain College, Trent University.

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. Lost Girls has been published in the U.S. (Delacorte Press) and U.K. (Macmillan) in 2000, and has also been translated into Italian, Dutch, German and Japanese. 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 Pyper, with dog Madox

Andrew and Madox

Andrew’s second novel, The Trade Mission, was published in Canada, the U.K., U.S., the Netherlands and Germany. It was selected by The Toronto Star as one of the Ten Best Books of the Year.

Andrew’s 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).

Andrew with Margaret Atwood

Andrew with Margaret Atwood

He lives in Toronto.