The Anansi Blog

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

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