The Anansi Blog

New Releases from Anansi for February 2018 February 01 2018

New month, new books! We’ve got four new titles coming out this month, check them all out below: Channel of Peace by Kevin Tuerff Available February 6 When Kevin Tuerff and his partner boarded their flight from France to New York City on September 11, 2001, they had no idea that a few hours later … Read More

Shortlisted! October 18 2017

It’s award season! AND WE HAVE UPDATES! The Minds of Winter by Ed O’Laughlin was longlisted for the 2017 Scotiabank Giller Prize… well, it’s since been shortlisted! It’s the first time Ed’s made the Giller shortlist and we couldn’t be happier. (We’re also thrilled to see our indie publisher friends at Invisible Publishing make the … Read More

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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!

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!

Introducing the 128 Sterling Podcast October 06 2016

In 128 Sterling, author and broadcaster Noah Richler, who traveled a mari usque ad mare (usque ad mare) for his prize-winning literary portrait of Canada, This is My Country, What’s Yours? looks to fellow writers here and abroad to explain not themselves, but the world as it is — the circus of the American election, the perils and punishments … Read More

Introducing the 128 Sterling Podcast October 06 2016

In 128 Sterling, author and broadcaster Noah Richler, who traveled a mari usque ad mare (usque ad mare) for his prize-winning literary portrait of Canada, This is My Country, What’s Yours? looks to fellow writers here and abroad to explain not themselves, but the world as it is — the circus of the American election, the perils and punishments … 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

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

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

Anansi Publishes Very Good Snaps May 17 2016

House of Anansi is proud to share that we are now on Snapchat! We promise we make really great friends. Add us now!

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

In-Between Days Media Round-up May 05 2016

Everyone is talking about In-Between Days and Teva Harrison. So it may come as no surprise that books are flying off the shelves at bookstores across Canada. Though we probably don’t need to convince you to go get your own copy, we’re going to, anyway. Here’s a round up of all the great things being … 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

Women’s History Month—Guest Post By Zoe Whittall March 22 2016

There’s a question at the heart of every book, perhaps an irresolvable problem, and writing towards a solution is what drives you to that final page. With my new novel, The Best Kind of People, I didn’t set out to write a book about rape culture, I started with a question: what would it be … Read More

Specimen by Irina Kovalyova Shortlisted For The Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize March 17 2016

The West Coast Book Prize Society announced the finalists for the 2016 BC Book Prizes yesterday — and we’re thrilled that Specimen by Irina Kovalyova has been shortlisted for the Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize!  The Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize is awarded to the author(s) of the best original work of literary fiction, and the author must have lived … Read More