The Anansi Blog


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

A Sample Colouring Page from The Joyful Living Colouring Book October 27 2016

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 a week earlier on October 29th!) — if … Read More

An Excerpt from A Florence Diary by Diana Athill October 25 2016

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!

An Excerpt from Fearless as Possible (Under the Circumstances) October 20 2016

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

An excerpt from Paris Undressed by Kathryn Kemp-Griffin October 18 2016

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

Enter to win a trio of books from Patrick deWitt! October 14 2016

  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

50 Years of Publishing Very Good Books October 14 2016

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

Episode #1 of 128 Sterling: Three for TV October 13 2016

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

Praise for The Break by Katherena Vermette October 12 2016

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

Fall Thanks-Givings from Anansi! October 07 2016

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

Introducing the 128 Sterling Podcast October 06 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 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

Win a Copy of Kim’s Convenience! September 29 2016

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

The Best Kind of People Shortlisted for the 2016 Giller Prize! September 26 2016

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

The Best Kind of People Longlisted for the 2016 Giller Prize September 22 2016

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

See the new TV Tie-In Edition Cover of Kim’s Convenience August 23 2016

Kim’s Convenience is coming this fall to CBC and, to celebrate, we’ve got a new TV Tie-In Edition of Kim’s Convenience on the way! The new edition is forthcoming October 1st — the new cover is here now, check it out below! (And after you see the new cover, be sure to see the three new trailers for Kim’s Convenience right … Read More

Three New Trailers for CBC’s Kim’s Convenience August 19 2016

Have you heard the good news? Kim’s Convenience is coming this fall to CBC! Production is well underway and we already have three new trailers to share courtesy of the CBC! Wholly original, hysterically funny, and deeply moving, Kim’s Convenience tells the story of one Korean family struggling to face the future amidst the bitter … Read More

Read the Introduction from Sex and Death August 16 2016

In this provocative and haunting collection of short stories edited by Sarah Hall and Peter Hobbs — two masters of the form — a diverse group of contemporary writers probes the nature and connection between two of the most powerful, exhilarating, and terrifying forces that define and shape the human experience. Read the introduction, below, … Read More

Recommended Reads for the 2016 Rio Olympics August 05 2016

The Rio Olympics are finally here! When does the speed reading event start? Have you all bought your tickets to the book marathon? HOW MANY BOOKS CAN YOU LIFT AT ONCE? If you’re like us, chances are you’ll spend the olympics doing the usual: reading on the couch (or balcony… or bed… or any space, … Read More

New Releases from Anansi this August July 26 2016

Can you believe it’s almost the end of July? The summer is going by way too quickly! The silver lining with Summer slowly coming to a close is that books on Anansi’s 2016 Fall list are becoming available to order. With all our August titles on the Groundwood side now available to order, here’s what’s coming … Read More

Free eBook Preview: Into the Sun by Deni Ellis Béchard July 04 2016

Deni Ellis Béchard lived in Afghanistan on and off between 2009 and 2014. During that time, he was amazed by the frontier culture of the civilian surge in Kabul—the mercenaries and missionary types who were there to profit and recreate Afghanistan in their own image. He felt the story had to be told. Into the … Read More

An Excerpt from Lee Henderson’s Introduction to Death Goes Better with Coca-cola June 29 2016

Lee Henderson is the author of the novels The Man Game and The Road Narrows As You Go and the short story collection The Broken Record Technique. He lives in Victoria, B.C., and teaches creative writing at UVic. He leant his talents to the forthcoming A-List edition of Death Goes Better with Coca-Cola. Read an … Read More

Irina Kovalyova’s Kobo Emerging Writer Prize Speech June 28 2016

  The Kobo Emerging Writer Prize is an award that supports talented debut authors. We’re thrilled that Irina Kovalyova, author of Specimen, won this year’s Emerging Writer Prize in the Literary Fiction category! Here’s a transcript of her moving acceptance speech from the night’s ceremonies: Last night I went for a walk with my daughter — she is … Read More