The Anansi Blog

Anansi Tote Bags are Here! August 17 2017

Lovingly handmade by Peace and Cotton in Toronto, our limited edition 50th anniversary Anansi tote bags are here! Decode the symbols in the beautiful illustration by Patrick Gray, and you’ll have our very own secret recipe for spinning fifty years of publishing into CanLit gold. This sturdy, oversized bag measures 11″ x 17″ with 4.5″ … Read More

New Releases from Anansi for August 2017 August 01 2017

August is here! And you know what that means, right? New books! We’ve got five new additions to the A List releasing this month, plus a new work of fiction from Gillian Best. Check them all out below: Made for Happiness by Jean Vanier Available August 26 In Made for Happiness, Jean Vanier examines the … Read More

House of Anansi VP Matt Williams on the Access Copyright vs. York University case July 13 2017

Image of Matt from Yesterday, the Federal Court of Canada released its decision in the Access Copyright vs. York University case. The background: in 2013 Access Copyright sued York for non-payment of two years of copyright fees applicable to material copied for student use. These fees were based on a tariff certified by the … Read More

Teva Harrison wins the Kobo Emerging Writer Prize in Non-Fiction June 30 2017

Teva Harrison, author of In-Between Days, has won the 2017 Kobo Emerging Writer Prize in non-fiction! The Kobo Emerging Writer Prize help “supports Canadian debut authors by helping kick-start their careers,” and includes $10,000 for winning the prize. Congratulations, Teva! I am officially emerging! And not just from behind this sign. I can't thank @kobobooks … Read More

Godfrey and Me — A Guest Post by Mark Satin June 14 2017

The following post was recently written by Mark Satin in response to Sarah MacLachlan’s note after Dave Godfrey’s passing. Sarah, – I have just read your lovely encomium of Anansi co-founder Dave Godfrey. Since it includes a mention (and photo!) of my Manual for Draft-Age Immigrants to Canada, I thought you and your readers might … Read More

Recommended Resources for Aboriginal History Month June 08 2017

We recently held our last Beers & Books of the season with Henderson Brewery, and it was one to remember: a discussion of Katherena Vermette’s The Break between Candy Palamater and Tanya Talaga, moderated by Jael Richardson. The sound of beer brewing in the background was a lively accompaniment to the ideas fermenting on stage. … Read More

Katherena Vermette wins the 2017 First Novel Award! May 30 2017

Katherena Vermette, author of The Break, is the winner of the 2017 First Novel Award! The #AmazonFNA is a $40,000 annual award that celebrates the best debut Canadian novels written in English. “What a pleasure it is to award the 2017 Amazon First Novel Award to such an arresting and important piece of writing! … Read More

The Anansi Beer with Henderson Brewing Co. is Here! May 05 2017

1967. Frustrated by the tiny selection of Canadian-authored books published in Canada, two young writers, Dennis Lee and David Godfrey, sat down over a beer to sketch out an idea for a Canadian publishing company. House of Anansi Press was born. Two years later, Anansi was responsible for over one-third of all English language novels … Read More

The Walrus Foundation, House of Anansi Press, and the Chawkers Foundation are pleased to announce the Walrus Imprint May 04 2017

The Walrus Foundation, House of Anansi Press, and the Chawkers Foundation are pleased to announce the Walrus Imprint TORONTO—Two Canadian literary powerhouses, the Walrus Foundation and House of Anansi Press, have joined forces to publish excellent long-form non-fiction under the new Walrus Imprint, which is made possible by the Chawkers Foundation Writers’ Project. Staff at … Read More

Katherena Vermette wins Manitoba’s top literary prize April 27 2017

Big news! Katherena Vermette, author of THE BREAK, has won Manitoba’s top literary prize, the McNally Robinson Booksellers’s Book of the Year award, at Manitoba Writers Guild’s 29th annual Manitoba Book Awards! But it didn’t stop there for Katherena: she also won Margaret Laurence Award for Fiction as well as the Carol Shields Winnipeg Book … Read More

Without by Kevin Connolly April 24 2017

XIPHOID PROCESS Written by Kevin Connolly


by Kevin Connolly

Maybe there is a plan, slow-gathering, still fluid​ — ​
sky a sea on fire, but relax. It’s nothing biblical.
It’s happened recently, unnoticed, twin rainbows after
a weird rain, the Lowes parking lot turned chiaroscuro.
Kierkegaard is hilarious. The long game, the trauma,

grandiloquent doubt. How differently slower stories play out:
letters wandering like taxis,...

under your always light by Leanne Betasamosake Simpson April 21 2017

under your always light by Leanne Betasamosake Simpson after they stole you & you fought your way out, no one was going to fuck with you ever again. get your own gun. set your own net. shoot your own moose. get two husbands & a wife & make them all feel insane with good love. … Read More

Blood Moon by Lynn Crosbie April 17 2017

Blood Moon by Lynn Crosbie Strawberry month, long after the blood moon, the bleeding orbits in my father’s head, Spread over us: I was counting fear, dropping the decimal, and starting again as he slipped and took the stairs like a rocket. What time is it? he said. What time is it? he asked until … Read More

And the winner of the Anansi Golden Anniversary Short Story Contest is…. March 10 2017

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

The Break shortlisted for CBC Canada Reads February 09 2017

  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

New Releases from Anansi for January 2017 January 24 2017

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

Jane Ozkowski On Winning the Broken Social Scene Story Contest January 23 2017

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

Enter to win the first piece of fiction to come out of North Korea January 13 2017

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

Celebrating of Diana Athill’s 99th Birthday December 21 2016

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 Recommends Diana Athill’s A Florence Diary November 21 2016

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

House of Anansi Publishes Very Good Gifts November 15 2016

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!

Brighten Up Your Bookshelf with Three Colourful Titles! October 31 2016

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

THE 2016 CBC Massey Lectures: Part 1 October 31 2016

  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