The Anansi Blog

Double Dutch at Paul Phillips Hall – Guest Post by Laura Trunkey May 19 2016

Double Dutch was launched at the Paul Phillips Hall in Victoria this April. For the launch, and two weeks afterwards, work by artist Mike Andrew McLean filled the foyer of the hall – The Little Fernwood Gallery. These pieces were made in response to the stories of Double Dutch. Below is some documentation of the … Read More

Pictures from Magnus Bärtås and Fredrik Ekman’s Excursion to North Korea March 12 2015

In 2008, Magnus Bärtås and Fredrik Ekman, authors of All Monsters Must Die, took a bizarre, heavily guided tour to North Korea to celebrate the sixtieth anniversary of the world’s most isolated country. All Monsters Must Die weaves together distinct time periods in the history of North Korea using three significant events to paint a … Read More

Check your answers! Here are the authors in our #ReadWomen2014 video July 08 2014

Last month we asked you to identify the authors in this video. Hundreds of your responded, and one of you won a fabulous prize. If you didn’t get the package of books this time around, you might want to study up for next time, and so we humbly present the authors from our #ReadWomen2014 video: the … Read More

My Yorkville: a guide by Ava Lee April 22 2014

I know that with its glitz and international corporate residents it may seem strange that I refer to Yorkville as a neighbourhood. But it’s always been one. Originally it was the self-governing Yorkville Village until it was annexed by the City of Toronto in 1883, and it has somehow retained at least some of that … 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

Jillian Tamaki on illustrating the A List September 16 2013

The A List is a curated selection of titles from Anansi’s backlist featuring handsome new covers and introductions by well-known Canadian writers. This fall we released a series of five new A List titles lovingly decorated by Skim illustrator Jillian Tamaki. We sat down with Jillian to talk about her experience working on these Canadian classics. … Read More

Interview with Kalpna Patel: the woman behind the Type Books window displays July 04 2013

I first came across Kalpna Patel’s work at the Queen West Art Crawl Outdoor Art Show in Bellwoods a couple of years ago. I was browsing through the stalls when a simple gold necklace caught my eye. From afar, it appeared to be a demure yet unusual pendant. Upon closer inspection, it proved to be … Read More

Slide Show: Lisa Moore & Michael Crummey’s St. John’s launch June 14 2013

Painting by Lisa Moore of her husband, Steve Lisa and Michael Crummey getting ready for their launch Lisa reading Michael Crummey reading to crowd - the woman on far right in teal jacket with her arms crossed is his mom. The crowd More of the crowd Lisa Moore and her daughter Eva Lisa Moore and her mom

Tweets and photos from last night’s Poetry Bash April 29 2011

Thanks to everyone who came out to the Anansi Poetry Bash last night! It was so lovely to see so many people supporting our spring poetry titles. Congratulations to Ken Babstock (Methodist Hatchet), Matt Rader (A Doctor Pedalled Her Bicycle Over the River Arno), and Sharon Thesen (Oyama Pink Shale) for a fantastic launch. Our … Read More

VIOLA DESMOND WON’T BE BUDGED launches in Toronto November 04 2010

Viola Desmond Won’t Be Budged, the new picture book written by Jody Nyasha Warner and illustrated by Richard Rudnicki, launched last night at 918 Bathurst in Toronto. Here are a few photos from the lively event: [slideshow] PHOTO CREDIT: Fred Horler Thanks to everyone who made it out! In Nova Scotia, in 1946, an usher … Read More

Trillium Book Award Readings and Luncheon June 24 2010

We’re so pleased to announce that Karen Solie has won the Trillium Book Award for Poetry! Congratulation to Karen and her fellow Anansi nominee, Emily Schultz! Here are a few photos from last night’s readings (you’ll see Pasha Malla there too, who won the Trillium last year and was asked to read in Alice Munro’s … Read More

The 2nd Annual Anansi/Groundwood Bowling Invitational December 08 2009

Look at us, in our matching sweatshirts. Aren’t we adorable? For those of you who are interested, Allan, our VP Finance (bottom row, second from left), was the bowling champion of the year. He has mad skills.

Anansi Girls take over The Ossington November 26 2009

The Anansi Girls celebrated the near-conclusion of the Anansi Girls and the Art of Book Club Maintenance contest with a series of readings last night at Toronto bar The Ossington. If you’d like to win a visit from one of these fantastic authors or a complete set of their books, enter now! Contest closes November … Read More

Anansi takes to the streets November 10 2009

The Anansi Street Team, made up of promoters from fantastic Mississauga-based company Mango Moose, took the city by storm last week. The enthusiastic young team, geared up in brand-new Anansi sweatshirts, distributed 15,500 tissue packs with a coupon to purchase the only book you’ll need this flu season — Dr. Bonnie Henry’s Soap and Water … Read More

Questions about flu season? Dr. Bonnie has answers! November 06 2009

Need advice on how to protect yourself from influenza? You’re in the right place! Check out this exclusive excerpt from Soap and Water & Common Sense, the definitive guide to staying healthy in a germ-filled world: “Like the common cold, influenza spreads when someone who is infected with the virus coughs or sneezes. The virus … Read More

Anansi Girls contest is in full swing November 02 2009

We were lucky enough to host three of our five Anansi Girls last week for a poster-signing party as part of our Anansi Girls and the Art of Book Club Maintenance contest. The five winning book clubs will each receive a visit from one of these Anansi authors, along with free books and an autographed … Read More

Rawi Hage reading at Runnymede Branch October 30 2009

Rawi Hage, author of Cockroach (which was nominate for all three major Canadian literary prizes in 2008) and DeNiro’s Game (which won the IMPAC Dublin Literary Award), did a reading, Q&A, and book signing at Toronto Public Library’s Runnymede branch on Oct. 28. Below are a few photos from the event, along with a very … Read More

Author visits at Anansi! October 29 2009

This week has been a busy one here at House of Anansi and Groundwood Books, with many of our authors in town for the International Festival of Authors and other events. A few were able to find the time to drop by our offices and graciously sign some books — thanks, guys!

A visit from Diana Athill October 27 2009

Diana Athill, legendary editor and author of Life Class, came to our office for afternoon tea while in town for her IFOA PEN Canada event with Alice Munro. That’s right, people — we had tea with Diana Athill. No big deal or anything, but the woman is a full-out legend. She’s also funny, sharp, and … Read More

CBC Massey Lecture #2: Vancouver, baby! October 23 2009

Vancouver’s sold-out Massey Lecture was a huge success, drawing hordes of admirers eager to hear Wade Davis, author of The Wayfinders, deliver his lecture. And deliver he did! The Vancouver lecture will be broadcast on CBC Radio’s Ideas on Nov. 4, with the full broadcast available online on Nov. 5.

Diana Athill and Alice Munro at IFOA October 22 2009

Last night’s International Festival of Authors (IFOA) event, “Too Much Happiness,” was truly a meeting of the minds. A fundraiser for PEN Canada, the sold-out event featured a conversation with celebrated editor and writer Diana Athill and CanLit legend Alice Munro. The two ladies got on like a house on fire, charming the crowd with … Read More

Wade Davis on the road for the 2009 CBC Massey Lectures October 20 2009

A sneak peek at our tour photos from this year’s CBC Massey Lectures with Wade Davis, author of The Wayfinders. More photos from last week’s stops in Yellowknife and Vancouver to come!

Marie-Louise Gay, author of the Stella books, stops by for a visit October 19 2009

Celebrated children’s author and illustrator Marie-Louise Gay stopped by our offices at the end of September while in Toronto as part of a cross-Canada tour promoting the 10th anniversary of her first Stella book. Her latest book, When Stella Was Very, Very Small, goes back in time to answer the questions often asked by the … Read More

Lisa Moore and James Langer in Nova Scotia July 27 2009

Lisa Moore and James Langer toured the east coast — Sandy Cove, NS; Bear River, NS; Annapolis, NS; Saint John, NB. House of Anansi Press President Sarah MacLachlan was their chauffeur and official tour photographer. She files this report: James Langer and Lisa Moore read from their new works and talked with audiences in Saint … Read More