After fifty years of publishing very good books, we know better than anyone that Canada is filled with incredible writing talent. Even so, we were absolutely blown away by the quality of the stories we received from the 75 writers who entered our Golden Anniversary Short Story Contest. After careful deliberation (not to mention a few … Read More
For the second year in a row we’re thrilled to have a title on the CBC Canada Reads shortlist! This year we know Candy Palmater is going to throw down the gauntlet and take home the Canada Reads crown for Katherna Vermette and The Break. The Canada Reads debates take place from March 27 to 30, … Read More
The Return of History by Jennifer Welsh: http://bit.ly/2cwrnyr In Part 2 of the 2016 CBC Massey Lectures, Jennifer Welsh explores the "Return of Barbarism" and the prevailing sense of existential threat that lies at the heart of it. CBC Ideas on Radio will air the 2016 Massey Lectures the week of October 31st - November 4th.
The Return of History by Jennifer Welsh: http://bit.ly/2cwrnyr In Part 1 of the 2016 CBC Massey Lectures, lecturer Jennifer Welsh explores the unfulfilled promise of the "end of history" in the aftermath of the fall of the Berlin Wall. CBC Ideas on Radio will air the 2016 Massey Lectures the week of October 31st - November 4th.
Holiday season is upon us, and the Anansi Elves have been hard at work! Visit houseofanansi.com to find great deals (and gift packages!) for the holiday season!
The Return of History by Jennifer Welsh: http://bit.ly/2cwrnyr "Economic inequality is becoming the most serious fault line in liberal democracy today." In the final instalment of the 2016 CBC Massey Lectures, Jennifer Welsh tackles economic disparity and the return of inequality. CBC Ideas on Radio will air the 2016 Massey Lectures the week of October 31st - November 4th.
The Return of History by Jennifer Welsh: http://bit.ly/2cwrnyr "What keeps me up at night is the possibility of a military confrontation between the West and Russia." In Part 4 of her 2016 CBC Massey Lectures, Jennifer Welsh admits that declaring the end of the Cold War may have been premature. CBC Ideas on Radio will air the 2016 Massey Lectures the week of October 31st - November 4th.
The Return of History by Jennifer Welsh: http://bit.ly/2cwrnyr "When we look at a refugee today, or talk to a refugee today, we also see our own failures mirrored back at us." Part 3 of the CBC Massey Lectures sees Jennifer Welsh explore the existing refugee crisis in "The Return of Mass Flight." CBC Ideas on Radio will air the 2016 Massey Lectures the week of October 31st - November 4th.
It’s the first month of the new year and we’ve got FIVE new titles for you to explore! Take a peek at all five below, and click on a cover to learn more about each one: Let the Elephants Run (New In Paperback) Available Now Creativity is in everyone’s DNA, not a select few. … Read More
When I was in grade five I won a cake in a raffle. The school secretary announced my name during the morning announcements, and at the end of the day one of the older kids brought the cake into my class. All the other kids in my grade gathered around me to take a look … Read More
In 1989, a North Korean dissident writer, known to us only by the pseudonym Bandi, began to write a series of stories about life under Kim Il-sung’s totalitarian regime. Smuggled out of North Korea and set for publication around the world in 2017, The Accusation provides a unique and shocking window into this most secretive … Read More
Seven years ago Diana Athill made her one and only visit to Canada to participate in a PEN Canada talk with Alice Munro. It was one of the highlights of my publishing life, listening to those two women chat about reading, and writing and the joys of literature. William Richardson graciously hosted the evening and … Read More
Lena Dunham, creator/star of hit HBO television series Girls and co-founder of weekly feminist newsletter Lenny Letter, recently recommended Diana Athill’s A Florence Diary, calling Athill “the ideal writer to show us what survival looks like.” Dunham’s full recommendation reads: “Diana Athill’s A Florence Diary is a deceptively sweet and slim book. What could be a casual tour … Read More
Holiday season is upon us, and the Anansi Elves have been hard at work! Visit our homepage to find great deals (and gift packages!) throughout the holiday season!
We at Anansi hope you’re surrounded by the most appealing Autumn transition — it can be a chilly time of year, but it can also be a beautiful one. Because things can never be too colourful, we thought we’d do our part to make the Fall reading season an enjoyable one by giving you the … Read More
In Part 1 of the 2016 CBC Massey Lectures, lecturer Jennifer Welsh explores the unfulfilled promise of the “end of history” in the aftermath of the fall of the Berlin Wall. CBC Ideas on Radio will air the 2016 Massey Lectures the week of October 31st – November 4th. Part 1 airs tonight, October … Read More
We’re thrilled to announce that The Waking Comes Late by Steven Heighton has won the 2016 Governor General’s Literary Award for Poetry! Congratulations, Steven! “Steven Heighton’s The Waking Comes Late is a journey deepening as we read. He locates the complexities of the personal in a wide range of social issues, while playing masterfully with … Read More
From the author and illustrator of the critically acclaimed graphic memoir In-Between Days comes a colouring book full of original, never-before-published drawings meant to delight, inspire, and heal. The Joyful Living Colouring Book by Teva Harrison publishes on November 5th (but it’s available to order at houseofanansi.com a week earlier on October 29th!) — if … Read More
In August 1947, Diana Athill travelled to Florence by the Golden Arrow train for a two-week holiday with her cousin Pen. In A Florence Diary, a playful diary of that trip, delightfully illustrated with photographs of the period, Athill recorded her observations and adventures — the following is an excerpt from A Florence Diary, forthcoming … Read More
For the next week, we’ll be holding a contest in which you can win Caught, Alligator, and February by award-winning author Lisa Moore. Settle into the Fall season by giving yourself a chance to win these three uniquely Canadian novels!
Feminist. Social Activist. Broadcaster. Corporate leader. One of Canada’s most celebrated and dynamic citizens, Denise Donlon has long been recognized as a trailblazer in the Canadian cultural industries. The following is an excerpt from Denise Donlon’s new memoir Fearless as Possible (Under the Circumstances), forthcoming from House of Anansi on November 5, 2016. This excerpt … Read More
French women seem inherently more confident in their bodies, able to embrace the sensuality of life and love. What’s their secret? Lingerie. The following is an excerpt from Paris Undressed written by Kathryn Kemp-Griffin and illustrated by Paloma Casile, forthcoming from House of Anansi on November 12, 2016. Special and Comfortable: How to Have Both … Read More
It’s getting cold out there, and we want to help kickstart your Fall/Winter reading the right way. Now’s your chance to cozy up with Patrick deWitt’s eclectic collection of novels for free! A winner of the Governor General’s Literary Award and Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction prize for The Sisters Brothers and Scotiabank Giller long-list for … Read More
House of Anansi Press was founded in 1967 by two young men who were both graduates of the University of Toronto. David Godfrey and Dennis Lee were in their late twenties. Godfrey had been away from Canada for a while, having done graduate degrees in the U.S., and then taught in Ghana for two years … Read More
Subscribe on iTunes and Stitcher Episode #1: Three For TV October 13, 2016 In 128 Sterling, author and broadcaster Noah Richler, who traveled a mari usque ad mare (usque ad mare) for his prize-winning literary portrait of Canada, This is My Country, What’s Yours? looks to fellow writers here and abroad to explain not themselves, but the world as … Read More
The Break is a stunning and heartbreaking debut novel by Governor General’s Literary Award–winning Métis poet Katherena Vermette about a multigenerational Métis–Anishnaabe family dealing with the fallout of a shocking crime in Winnipeg’s North End. We’re thrilled to see The Break on the shortlist for both the Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize and the Governor … Read More
Happy Thanksgiving Weekend! We’ve got some Goodreads giveaways we wanted to tell you about: For our American readers (whose Thanksgiving comes a little later), we have Teva Harrison’s In-Between Days: A Memoir About Living with Cancer. For Canada, we’re thrilled to offer in advance The Borrowed by Chan-Ho Kei Both giveaways end December 1st, so … Read More
In 128 Sterling, author and broadcaster Noah Richler, who traveled a mari usque ad mare (usque ad mare) for his prize-winning literary portrait of Canada, This is My Country, What’s Yours? looks to fellow writers here and abroad to explain not themselves, but the world as it is — the circus of the American election, the perils and punishments … Read More
We’re thrilled to announce that three House of Anansi Press authors have been shortlisted for the 2016 Governor General’s Literary Awards: Fiction: The Break, Katherena Vermette Poetry: The Waking Comes Late, Stephen Heighton English Non-fiction: In-Between Days, Teva Harrison As Canada’s national literary awards, the GGs represent the rich diversity of Canadian literature. Some 1,600 … Read More
Have you heard the news? Kim’s Convenience has gone from a play, to a book, and is now a series on CBC! We’ve got a new tv-tie in edition of Kim’s Convenience to go along with it. The new edition includes a new foreword by Soulpepper Theatre Director and Founder Albert Schultz and an essay by Ivan Fecan Executive … Read More
Visit anansi50.com for news events! #Anansi50 In 1967 Dennis Lee and David Godfrey, two young men and graduates of the University of Toronto, hatched the idea of founding a publishing house with a mandate to publish Canadian-authored works that challenged the status quo. With $2,500 from the Canada Council for the Arts, they printed their first four titles by Dennis Lee, David Godfrey, George Jon...
Zoe Whittall’s The Best Kind of People has been shortlisted for the 2016 Scotiabank Giller Prize! The Giller jury found The Best Kind of People “urgent and timely, nuanced and brave,” also adding that, “this gripping story challenges how we hear women and girls, and dissects the self-hypnosis and fear that prevent us from speaking … Read More
We’re thrilled! On the heels of being named one of the most anticipated books of 2016, The Best Kind of People has since been longlisted for one of the most prestigious prizes for Canadian Literature! The shortlist for the prize will be announced September 26th. We’re all rooting for you, Zoe! The longlist was selected last week by … Read More