The Anansi Blog
Anansi Tote Bags are Here! August 17 2017Lovingly 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 2017August 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
Godfrey and Me — A Guest Post by Mark Satin June 14 2017The 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 2017We 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
The Walrus Foundation, House of Anansi Press, and the Chawkers Foundation are pleased to announce the Walrus Imprint May 04 2017The 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 2017Big 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
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 2017under 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 2017Blood 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
The Break shortlisted for CBC Canada Reads February 09 2017For 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 2017It’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 2017When 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
Celebrating of Diana Athill’s 99th Birthday December 21 2016Seven 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 2016Lena 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 2016Holiday 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 2016We 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 2016In 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
STEPHEN HEIGHTON WINS THE #GGBOOKS AWARD FOR POETRY! October 28 2016We’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
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