The Anansi Blog

Seven Fallen Feathers Shortlisted for the 2018 RBC Taylor Prize February 05 2018

It’s been a pretty good start to the new year for Tanya Talaga — in addition to making longlist for the 2018 CBC Canada Reads, she’s now been announced as a finalist for the 2018 RBC Charles Taylor Prize! The RBC Taylor Prize “commemorates Charles Taylor’s pursuit of excellence in the field of literary non-fiction. … Read More

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

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 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 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

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

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

Episode #1 of 128 Sterling: Three for TV October 13 2016

Subscribe on iTunes and Stitcher Episode #1: Three For TV October 13, 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 … Read More

Episode #1 of 128 Sterling: Three for TV October 13 2016

Subscribe on iTunes and Stitcher Episode #1: Three For TV October 13, 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 … 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

Irina Kovalyova, author of Specimen, awarded the Kobo Emerging Writer Prize June 22 2016

  The Kobo Emerging Writer Prize is an award that supports talented debut authors. We are very proud to announce that Irina Kovalyova, author of Specimen, is this year’s winner in the Literary Fiction category! We’d like to congratulate all those who were shortlisted, as well as the winners of the other categories. “I was … Read More

CBC Announces new miniseries adapted from Lisa Moore’s Caught April 05 2016

Last week CBC announced a list of 5 new original programs for its 2016-2017 lineup, including a miniseries adapted from Caught by Lisa Moore, proudly published by House of Anansi. To say the very least, we are ecstatic and could not wait to share the news! Sally Catto, general manager of programming at CBC Television … 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

A Whole Life Longlisted for the 2016 The Man Booker International Prize March 11 2016

The Man Booker International Prize revealed its longlist yesterday, and we’re trilled that A Whole Life by Robert Seethaler and translated by Charlotte Collins — published in Canada by House of Anansi — made the list! Like John Williams’ Stoner or Denis Johnson’s Train Dreams, A Whole Life is a tender book about finding dignity and beauty in … Read More

BBC One turning Misha Glenny’s “McMafia” into a six-part series October 21 2015

McMafia is coming to a television set near you. From gun runners in the Ukraine, to money launderers in Dubai, cyber criminals in Brazil, racketeers in Japan, and the booming marijuana industry in western Canada, McMafia builds a breathtaking picture of a secret and bloody business. Internationally celebrated writer Misha Glenny crafts a fascinating, highly readable, … Read More

A new chapter for Anansi: we’re moving to #128Sterling! October 15 2015

Anansi is moving! In 2016, House of Anansi will have a new home at 128 Sterling Road in Toronto’s Junction Triangle neighbourhood. That’s right: we will be one of the pioneers staking out the new frontier of heritage buildings in the up-and-coming arts and culture district. We’ll be situated right between the Nestle Chocolate factory — … Read More

In Memoriam, Dave Godfrey, August 9, 1938 – June 21, 2015 June 25 2015

When I look at this picture of David Godfrey in the early days of the founding of Anansi I am overwhelmed by how impossibly young he was. Hard to believe that this young man had founded a company that would become one of Canada’s preeminent publishing houses. In 1967, David Godfrey approached Dennis Lee to … Read More

On Jean Vanier being awarded the Templeton Prize March 13 2015

On Wednesday, Jean Vanier was announced as the winner of the 2015 Templeton Prize. This prize honours a living person “who has made an exceptional contribution to affirming life’s breadth of spiritual dimensions, whether through insight, discovery, or practical works.” We publish, with great pride, four of Jean’s books: Tears of Silence, his meditative long … Read More

A Goodbye Playlist from Publicity Director extraordinaire, Laura Repas August 05 2014

Today is my last day working at House of Anansi. I got the job here in Fall 2002, and barring two years of leave, I’ve been here since. I don’t know how to say goodbye to my friends here, to the memories, to the place that introduced me to my husband, some of my closest … Read More

In memoriam, Gaétan Soucy, October 21, 1958 – July 9, 2013 July 11 2013

“The fundamental disaster that fashions the reality of the world is the inevitable death of those we love.” —Gaétan Soucy, the very first words of his great novel, Atonement. You were right all those years ago, Gaétan my friend, it’s just that we didn’t want it to be true. We wanted you to live forever, … Read More

Report from Turkey June 05 2013

June 13, 2013 – Update This past weekend many of us in Canada began hearing news reports about the protests taking place in Turkey. Although most of the information being reported was rather scarce in detail, it was clear that what had initially started off as small peaceful sit-in, had quickly erupted into something of … Read More

Out of Orbit May 14 2013

For the last month my five-year-old son has been completely obsessed with Canadian astronaut and ISS Commander Chris Hadfield. The librarian at his school has been reading to the kids about the solar system, and they’ve been watching Hadfield’s Youtube videos and learning about the International Space Station. He’s also super into the song Hadfield … Read More