The Anansi Blog

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

Mr. Kim is a first-generation Korean immigrant and the proud owner of Kim’s Convenience, a variety store located in the heart of downtown Toronto’s Regent Park neighbourhood. There, he spends his time serving an eclectic array of customers, catching petty thieves, and helpfully keeping the police apprised of illegally parked Japanese cars. As the neighbourhood … 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

Anansi LGTBQ Literature You’ve Got to Read June 27 2016

This is the first year we have had the pleasure of celebrating Pride Month, rather than Pride Week. Pride Month is all about inclusivity and uniting people of all gender identities, gender expressions and sexual orientations. If you’re interested in reading novels that directly deals with LGTBQ themes, topics, and issues, we’ve got some titles on … Read More

Current Anansi Goodreads Giveaways June 25 2016

Now’s your chance: we’re giving away Advance Reading Copies on Goodreads. Just click the buttons below to enter, and be sure to add us on Goodreads to be alerted every time we list a new giveaway. Goodreads Book Giveaway The King of Shanghai by Ian Hamilton Giveaway ends July 26, 2016. See the giveaway details at … Read More

Irina Kovalyova, author of Specimen, awarded the Kobo Emerging Writer Prize June 22 2016

  The Kobo Emerging Writer Prize is an award that supports talented debut authors. We are very proud to announce that Irina Kovalyova, author of Specimen, is this year’s winner in the Literary Fiction category! We’d like to congratulate all those who were shortlisted, as well as the winners of the other categories. “I was … Read More

Free eBook Preview: The Best Kind of People by Zoe Whittall June 22 2016

With Zoe Whittall gracing the cover of Quill & Quire’s July/August 2016 Fall Preview issue, we thought it would be a pretty good time to give away a free download of her new novel, The Best Kind of People. We know you’re going to love this one. About The Best Kind of People by Zoe Whittall To the … Read More

Original Artwork from The Outside Circle – Guest Post by Kelly Mellings June 21 2016

Throughout National Aboriginal History Month we’ll be highlighting works about Aboriginal history, including book excerpts, illustrator interviews, and author guests posts. The following is a guest post from Kelly Mellings, who illustrated The Outside Circle. Mellings has provided stunning original artwork, including 4 rough versions of the cover, as well as two mockups of the final cover. … Read More

Bay of Exploits with Ed Riche: Memo to Bennett June 10 2016

I have a regular column, “Bay of Exploits” (where I was born and a description of the writing) in the St. John’s Arts and Entertainment monthly, The Overcast.  June’s offering was in response to a severe Provincial Budget which, among other things, did the unthinkable in taxing books and closing over half the public libraries … Read More

Free eBook Preview: The Break by Katherena Vermette June 09 2016

Katherena Vermette is a Métis writer of poetry, fiction, and children’s literature, and is a winner of the Governor General’s Literary Award for Poetry for her first book, North End Love Songs. Today, we’ve got something special available for you to download: a preview of her new novel, The Break. About The Break by Katherena Vermette When Stella, a … Read More

Any Cancer. Any Stage. YACC’s Got Your Back. June 06 2016

Young Adult Cancer Canada (YACC) connects young adults facing cancer (and their supporters) with peers who “get it.” YACC is the connection to peers, the bridge out of isolation and a source of inspiration. YACC’s mission is simple; cancer is different for young adults. Any cancer, any stage, YACC’S got your back. “The isolation was … Read More

An excerpt from The Truth About Stories by Thomas King June 06 2016

Throughout National Aboriginal History Month we’ll be highlighting works about Aboriginal history, including book excerpts, illustrator interviews, and author guests posts. The following is an excerpt from The Truth About Stories by Thomas King. The truth about stories is that that’s all we are. The Metis singer Andrea Menard reminds us of this in the first verse … Read More

Adrienne Clarkson on Aboriginal Circles June 01 2016

Throughout National Aboriginal History Month we’ll be highlighting works about Aboriginal history, including book excerpts, illustrator interviews, and author guests posts. The following is an excerpt from Belonging by Adrienne Clarkson. Aboriginal circles in Canada emphasize that inclusiveness is a form of expansion. In 1977, testifying before the Royal Commission on the Northern Environment, Grand Chief John … Read More

How Writing a Book About the Psychology of Money Has Changed the Way I See Money – Guest Post by Claudia Hammond May 25 2016

  I wasn’t someone who chose a career based on the probability of earning lots of money. If I had wanted to make money, then going into broadcasting, writing and lecturing wasn’t the way to go. Much as I enjoy spending it when I can afford to, the topic of money isn’t something that particularly … Read More

Double Dutch at Paul Phillips Hall – Guest Post by Laura Trunkey May 19 2016

Double Dutch was launched at the Paul Phillips Hall in Victoria this April. For the launch, and two weeks afterwards, work by artist Mike Andrew McLean filled the foyer of the hall – The Little Fernwood Gallery. These pieces were made in response to the stories of Double Dutch. Below is some documentation of the … Read More

The Pleasure of Poetry – Guest post by Nadia Bozak May 18 2016

The first time I met a real writer – a poet – I wanted to be just like him. Not because I liked poetry, Alligator Pie excluded, of course, but because he got to eat Hostess potato chips—a large bag, all to himself, salt-and-vinegar flavor. I grew up in London , Ontario in the 1970s … Read More