The Anansi Blog

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


We’re thrilled to announce that three House of Anansi Press authors have been shortlisted for the 2016 Governor General’s Literary Awards: Fiction: The Break, Katherena Vermette Poetry: The Waking Comes Late, Stephen Heighton English Non-fiction: In-Between Days, Teva Harrison As Canada’s national literary awards, the GGs represent the rich diversity of Canadian literature. Some 1,600 … Read More

New Releases from Anansi this April April 03 2016

April is Poetry Month! Along with 4 stunning collections of poetry comes a graphic memoir about living with cancer, a tale from one of Canada’s funniest literary talents, and an inspiring true story about two young concentration camp survivors.   A Pillow Book by Suzanne Buffam Available: April 09 Not a narrative. Not an essay. Not … Read More

New Releases from Anansi this March March 01 2016

With March comes two wonderful debuts: a collection of magical and strange short stories, and a dark and sweeping romance set in late eighteenth-century London. Butcher’s Hook by Janet Ellis Available: March 5 Anne Jaccob is coming of age in late eighteenth-century London, the daughter of a wealthy merchant. When she is taken advantage of by her tutor … Read More

New Releases from Anansi this February February 08 2016

This month we have a beautiful chronology of the Canadian travel company Butterfield & Robinson, and an historical epic set in early 20th century Europe. Slowing Down to See the World by Charlie Scott and Frank Viva Available: February 19 For half a century, the Canadian travel company Butterfield & Robinson has been turning travellers onto … 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

Listen to this while you read Serafim & Claire – guest post by Mark Lavorato February 09 2014

Aside from my writing, I’ve also done work composing music for a few film projects over the years. While doing so I came to realize that I loved the process, and that mixing images with my music felt like a really good fit. So I recorded an album that would act as a kind of … Read More

THE DRAGON HEAD OF HONG KONG: The Ava Lee Prequel [guest post by Ian Hamilton] November 08 2013

I’m not sure who had the idea of offering the serialized version free for a limited time. I do know I embraced it. The concept of the prequel had come, after all, from a reader, and without him and the support of other readers the opportunity to write it in the first place wouldn’t have existed.

Get a Little Summer Lovin’ From Pasha Malla [Anansi Digital] June 18 2013

  House of Anansi is proud to announce the first digital release of our seasonal reading list. It’s a summer love story entitled To Sweep the Light by Pasha Malla. To Sweep the Light follows two lonely people who spend a summer in the North not finding each other. In typical Malla style, the story’s … Read More

Cover reveal: Lisa Moore’s CAUGHT April 02 2013

Drum roll please . . . Internationally acclaimed author Lisa Moore offers us a remarkable new novel about a man who escapes from prison to embark upon one of the most ambitious pot-smuggling adventures ever attempted. Available June 2013. Find out more about CAUGHT. What do you think of the cover? Let us know in … Read More

Guest post: Uma Krishnaswami, author of The Girl of the Wish Garden March 14 2013

Please join us in welcoming Uma Krishnaswami to the blog! Uma’s new picture book, The Girl of the Wish Garden, is out now from Groundwood and has just received a starred review in Kirkus. __________________________________ The Role of Energy, Narrative, and Dream in Writing The Girl of the Wish Garden I’ve always been interested in what drives … Read More

Introducing Speeches for Doctor Frankenstein: a multimedia Atwood Pachter project November 02 2012

In 1966, before they were international sensations, Margaret Atwood and Charles Pachter teamed up to create Speeches for Doctor Frankenstein — now a unique piece of cultural history and available for the first time as an enhanced eBook for iPad. In this imaginative work, only existing as an artist book of fifteen copies until recently, … Read More

Surviving CanLit with Margaret Atwood October 18 2012

As a part of the launch of the new A-List series, a curated selection of titles from Anansi’s backlist featuring handsome new covers and introductions by well-known Canadian writers, comes Margaret Atwood‘s Survival, with an introduction by the author. Read on for an excerpt from the introduction. The raucous though unlikely success of Survival caused … Read More

Cover reveal: the new and expanded paperback edition of Sheila Heti’s How Should A Person Be? May 01 2012

Drumroll please . . . We are very excited to bring you a paperback edition featuring new and expanded content of Sheila Heti’s How Should A Person Be?,  a brilliant portrayal of finding a beautiful life by one of Canada’s most exciting literary talents. Available in June 2012, this beautiful new edition will coincide with … Read More

New book alert: Life is About Losing Everything April 23 2012

Lynn Crosbie‘s heartbreaking new blend of memoir and fiction, Life is About Losing Everything, is launching May 10 at The Mascot in Toronto (details on Facebook). Check out this series of videos the artist Reid Millard is working on to promote the book: (Email subscribers, please click on the post title to view the videos … Read More

Author events this week and an important video March 27 2012

Anansi and Groundwood authors on the radio and across Canada this week: Adam Gopnik (Winter) Monday, March 26 to Friday, March 30 Rebroadcast of Winter, the 2011 CBC Massey Lectures, on CBC Radio One’s Ideas Weekdays at 9 p.m. (9:30 p.m. NT) and Mondays at 2 p.m. (2:30 p.m. NT)   Lynn Coady (The Antagonist) … Read More

Win the Ava Lee series! Spot our ads on the TTC and the SkyTrain February 28 2012

Dear reader, If you’re a regular rider of the subway in Toronto or SkyTrain in Vancouver, we have a job for you! We’re running ads for The Wild Beasts of Wuhan, the latest book in Ian Hamilton’s awesome Ava Lee crime fiction series, and we want to give a sharp-eyed winner a set of the … Read More

Cover reveal: Puppy Love February 07 2012

Hi everyone, The buzz is building around Puppy Love, a sweet and funny new novel by Frauke Scheunemann told from the charming perspective of Hercules the dachshund. This delightful book has become an in-house favourite — and the amount of dachshund photo-sharing that’s happening on company time is starting to get a little out of … Read More

The Year of the Dragon: Chinese-themed books we love January 24 2012

The official Year of the Dragon started yesterday, considered to be the luckiest year in the Chinese Zodiac. That’s great news for all of us! To celebrate, we thought we’d feature a few of our favourite Chinese-themed books. Happy New Year! Under the Hawthorn Tree by Ai Mi, translated by Anna Holmwood Forthcoming February 2012 … Read More

Two spring Canadian fiction titles we’re excited to share January 18 2012

Hi everyone, Today we’re taking a look at two Canadian fiction titles we’re about to publish that we can’t wait to share with you. One is by a bestselling author who may be well known to you, especially if you’ve read his blockbuster hit The Final Confession of Mabel Stark. The other is from an … Read More