The Anansi Blog

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

The Not Just Chick Lit Book Club – a fly-on-the-wall guest post by Jane Ozkowski February 06 2014

“Reading week is in February, so we’ll read February at the start of March.” “Ok, what book?” “February.” “Yes, but what were we supposed to read in February?” “The book is called February.” “Oh.” “And we’re reading it in March.” And so begins my afternoon with the Not Just Chick Lit Book Club, five ESL … Read More

The Al Purdy A-Frame – guest post by Duncan Patterson January 17 2014

On Monday, January 20th, the Al Purdy A-Frame Association is hosting an evening at the Monarch Tavern to raise money for the upgrades and rehabilitation of Al Purdy’s hand-made A-Frame house in Ameliasburgh, Prince Edward County. The Association needs money to finish the necessary repairs to render the house habitable as it transitions into being … 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

Poetry Month Events April 01 2013

Don’t miss your chance to celebrate National Poetry Month with our annual Anansi Poetry Bash in Toronto and more great events! Spring 2013 Anansi poets: Michael Crummey (Under the Keel), Adam Dickison (The Polymers), and Sara Peters (1996) Wednesday, April 24, 7:00 p.m. Anansi Poetry in Montreal Librarie Drawn & Quarterly 211 Bernard Ouest, Montreal, … Read More

St. Patrick’s Day audio: Peter Behrens reading from THE LAW OF DREAMS March 15 2013

In honour of St. Patrick’s Day, today we would like to share with you an audio recording of Peter Behrens reading from his Governor General’s Award-winning novel The Law of Dreams. This moving book follows Fergus O’Brien from Ireland to Liverpool and Wales during the Great Potato Famine of 1847, and then beyond — to … Read More

May author/illustrator events May 07 2012

Groundwood: TD Canadian Children’s Book Week Saturday, May 5 to Saturday, May 12 Featuring: Rina Singh, author of Guru Nanak Jan Andrews, author of When Apples Grew Noses and White Horses Flew Caroline Adderson, author of Middle of Nowhere Richard Rudnicki, illustrator of Tecumseh Alan Cumyn, author of Tilt Please visit the Canadian Children’s Book … Read More

Upcoming April author events April 18 2012

Anansi events Alison Pick (Far to Go) Wednesday, April 18, 7:30 p.m. Holocaust Memorial Service Engineering Lecture Theatre EN-2006 Memorial University St. John’s, NFLD   Ian Hamilton (The Wild Beasts of Wuhan) Thursday, April 19, 7:00 p.m. Reading and participation in the announcement of the Arthur Ellis Award shortlist Indigo Manulife Centre 55 Bloor Street … 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

Nobel Prize Award Ceremony in Stockholm December 07 2011

It’s Nobel Week! Tomas Tranströmer will be awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in Stockholm on December 10, 2011. We are proudly celebrating this accomplishment as the publishers of a new selection of Tranströmer’s poems, The Deleted World, translated by renowned Scottish poet Robin Robertson. The Nobel Prize winners are presenting a series of lectures … 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

Anansi Poetry Bash! April 15 2010

The Anansi Poetry Bash is only 12 days away! The top 5 reasons you should attend the Anansi Poetry Bash: 5. Can you think of a better way to celebrate National Poetry Month? 4. If there’s one thing we know here at Anansi (other than very good books, of course), it’s a very good party. … Read More

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

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

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

Lisa Moore and David French at Soulpepper Theatre July 24 2009

Soul in the summer! Lisa Moore (February) and playwright David French helped raise the roof off of Soulpepper Theatre as we celebrated a night of Newfoundland music, literature, and theatre with the Soulpepper launch of Of the Fields, Lately by David French. Anansi has collected three of the Mercer Family plays into one volume, Leaving … Read More