The Anansi Blog

Malcolm Shookner on The Manual for Draft-Age Immigrants to Canada September 27 2017

Malcolm Shookner used the original Manual for Draft-Age Immigrants to Canada to emigrate to Canada with his family in 1970s. He emailed us a few weeks ago when the A List edition was released inquiring about buying a copy, noting that it’s an “indispensable resource.” We sent him a copy — and also asked him … Read More

Malcolm Shookner on The Manual for Draft-Age Immigrants to Canada September 27 2017

Malcolm Shookner used the original Manual for Draft-Age Immigrants to Canada to emigrate to Canada with his family in 1970s. He emailed us a few weeks ago when the A List edition was released inquiring about buying a copy, noting that it’s an “indispensable resource.” We sent him a copy — and also asked him … Read More

Teva Harrison on Her Hopes for In-Between Days May 18 2016

Teva Harrison, author of In-Between Days, on what she hopes readers will take away from her memoir. Teva Harrison was diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer at the age of 37. In this brilliant and inspiring graphic memoir, she documents through comic illustration and short personal essays what it means to live with the disease. She … Read More

A Q&A with Rebecca Thornton, author of The Exclusives May 09 2016

Prep meets The Secret History meets Mean Girls in The Exclusives — a gripping and emotional thriller from an exciting new voice. Coming from Spiderline on May 14, The Exclusives will keep you desperately turning the page until the very end. It is Rebecca Thornton’s debut novel and we were lucky enough to ask this … Read More

“I hope that my legacy will be one of enduring kindness.” May 07 2016

Teva Harrison, author of In-Between Days, on what she hopes her legacy to be. Teva Harrison was diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer at the age of 37. In this brilliant and inspiring graphic memoir, she documents through comic illustration and short personal essays what it means to live with the disease. She confronts with heartbreaking … Read More

Teva Harrison on What People Don’t Want to Talk About May 01 2016

Teva Harrison, author of In-Between Days, on the topics that people don’t want to talk about when talking about cancer. Teva Harrison was diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer at the age of 37. In this brilliant and inspiring graphic memoir, she documents through comic illustration and short personal essays what it means to live with … Read More

Teva Harrison: “I feel really lucky to have such good people in my life.” April 21 2016

Teva Harrison, author of In-Between Days, Teva Harrison, author of In-Between Days, on the people that stand by her side — both mentally and physically. “The people who are there are just rockstars. They have been such deep emotional support for me, but also physical support. Sometimes the treatment has made it very difficult for … Read More

Teva Harrison: “I’ve met incredible women.” April 19 2016

Teva Harrison, author of In-Between Days, on the communities she’s been introduced to, and the organizations she’s worked with, since being diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer. Teva Harrison was diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer at the age of 37. In this brilliant and inspiring graphic memoir, she documents through comic illustration and short personal essays … Read More

Teva Harrison on Creating the Panels and Strips for In-Between Days April 16 2016

Teva Harrison, author of In-Between Days, discusses her processes of creating each panel and strip for In-Between Days. Teva Harrison was diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer at the age of 37. In this brilliant and inspiring graphic memoir, she documents through comic illustration and short personal essays what it means to live with the disease. … Read More

Teva Harrison: “Colour diminished the impact to me.” April 15 2016

“In some way, colour diminished the impact to me. it didn’t feel like it was as clear or strong as the black-and-white images.” In the next installment in our video series with Teva Harrison, she explains why decided to keep In-Between Days in black-and-white as opposed to adding colour. Teva Harrison was diagnosed with metastatic … Read More

Interview with Melanie Raabe, author of The Trap April 14 2016

In this exclusive interview, Melanie Raabe, author of The Trap, discusses how she came up with the idea for her novel, and the challenges that arose. The famous novelist Linda Conrads, 38, is a mystery to her fans and the media. She hasn’t set foot over the threshold of her villa on Lake Starnberg for … Read More

Teva Harrison: “Drawing is a way to interpret the world around us.” April 11 2016

Teva Harrison, author of In-Between Days, discusses the roots of her interest in art and drawing in the second of our series of videos on Teva and her memoir. Teva Harrison was diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer at the age of 37. In this brilliant and inspiring graphic memoir, she documents through comic illustration and … Read More

A Q&A with Nazneen Sheikh, author of The Place of Shining Light January 28 2016

We recently had the opportunity to talk to Nazneen Sheikh about her latest book The Place of Shining Light. The book follows three men – Adeel, Khalid, and Ghalib – as they race each other to gain possession of a 5000-year-old Buddhist statue. Set in both Afghanistan and Pakistan, Sheikh’s novel takes the reader on a wild … Read More

A Q&A with Ian Hamilton, author of The Princeling of Nanjing January 04 2016

We recently had the opportunity to talk to Ian Hamilton about his new book and the latest installment in the Ava Lee series, The Princeling of Nanjing. His wildly popular series is driven by the small but fierce Ava Lee, a forensic accountant who investigates corruption in the rich and powerful all over the world. Here’s what Ian had to … Read More

A Q&A with Stefan Ahnhem, author of Victim Without a Face November 02 2015

We recently talked to Stefan Ahnhem, an established screenwriter for both TV and film who has worked on a variety of projects — including adaptations of Henning Mankell’s Kurt Wallander series — about his transition from screenwriter to author. In Stefan’s first novel, Victim Without a Face, the body of Jörgen Pålsson, one of Criminal investigator Fabian Risk’s former classmates, has been … Read More

A Q&A With Crystal Artist, Designer and Photographer Mark Raynes Roberts July 22 2015

In collaboration with the Gardiner Museum, artist Mark Raynes Roberts presents ILLUMINATION, an artistic celebration of Canadian Authors and their Literature through the prism of crystal art and portrait photography. In 2013, Raynes Roberts began a photography project capturing Canada’s established and emerging authors. It is an intimate exploration of their personality, places of inspiration, … Read More

An Interview With Irina Kovalyova, Author of Specimen June 04 2015

We talked to Irina Kovalyova, author and Senior Lecturer in the Department of Molecular Biology and Biochemistry at Simon Fraser University, about her latest collection of stories, Specimen. The stories in Specimen are all held together using elements of science, drawing from Irina’s extensive work experience—she was once a Forensic DNA Analyst and NASA Intern—and educational background—she has an MA … Read More

A Q&A with Eric Siblin, author of Studio Grace May 28 2015

We talked to Eric Siblin about his latest book, Studio Grace, and asked him about his twelve-month journey of fulfilling a long-held dream: recording an album of original material. Here’s what he had to say: 1. Recording an album of original material was a lifelong dream of yours—were there any differences between what you thought recording an … Read More

A Q&A With Ayelet Gundar-Goshen, Author of One Night, Markovitch May 14 2015

We asked author Ayelet Gundar-Goshen a few questions about her debut novel One Night, Markovich, the challenges of writing a screenplay based on her own book, and which authors have had the most influence on her writing. Here’s what she had to say:   1. You work as a news editor by day, and also work in … Read More

A Q&A With Elena Forbes, Author of “Jigsaw Man” May 07 2015

We asked crime fiction author Elena Forbes a few questions about her latest instalment in the Mark Tartaglia series, her favourite crime fiction writers, and her advice for young writers. Here’s what she had to say: What can readers expect from Mark Tartaglia in Jigsaw Man? I obviously don’t want to give too much away in terms of the plot, but the … Read More

A Q&A With Robert Hough, Author of The Man Who Saved Henry Morgan March 30 2015

We asked Robert Hough a few questions about his latest novel,“The Man Who Saved Henry Morgan,” his chess playing abilities, and his history with psycho-pharmacology. Here’s what he had to say: 1. Where did the idea for The Man Who Saved Henry Morgan, which touches on everything from Spanish raids to chess matches, come from?  When my … Read More

A Q&A With Skip Horack, Author of “The Other Joseph” March 19 2015

We asked Skip Horack a few questions about his latest novel,“The Other Joseph,” advice for aspiring writers, and his three ‘desert island’ books. Here’s what he had to say: 1. Where did the idea for The Other Joseph come from? Oh, a thousand different places, probably! But for quite a while I kicked around the notion of writing … Read More

10 Questions for Alen Mattich, Author of “The Heart of Hell” March 02 2015

We asked Alen Mattich, financial journalist and author of the “The Heart of Hell,” 10 questions about the Marko della Torre series. Here’s what he had to say: What can readers expect from Marko della Torre in The Heart of Hell? In this third book of the series, della Torre finds himself ever a small wheel in … Read More

Meet the Massey Lectures App March 25 2014

Uncover the full legacy and history of the Massey Lectures Series, from 1961 to today. Learn more about selected Massey authors, their lives, achievements, and beliefs. Explore the complex web of themes within the Massey universe, and hear unique thoughts and insights from the lecturers themselves. And then contribute to the conversation yourself.   Download … Read More