The Anansi Blog

Anansi LGTBQ Literature You’ve Got to Read June 27 2016

This is the first year we have had the pleasure of celebrating Pride Month, rather than Pride Week. Pride Month is all about inclusivity and uniting people of all gender identities, gender expressions and sexual orientations. If you’re interested in reading novels that directly deals with LGTBQ themes, topics, and issues, we’ve got some titles on … Read More

In a Bookstore Near You: Fire and Air by Erik Vlaminck March 23 2015

Fire and Air Written by Erik Vlaminck Translated by Paul Vincent Told from the points of view of a mother and daughter, Fire and Air tells the story of a Belgian and Dutch family who flee to Canada to escape the Second World War, only to have the past catch up to them. Ten-year-old Elly Verkest is … Read More

If we had to choose just one Canadian book… December 19 2013

If you had to choose just one Canadian book, what would it be? This was the question Barbara Howson, our VP Sales, put to the Anansi and Groundwood staff last week. She was compiling a list for a newcomer to Canada who wanted to get acquainted with the literature in her new home. Most of us … Read More

Father’s Day: Sarah MacLachlan picks books for Rachel Bokhout’s weird dad June 13 2013

Last week we asked you to send in your weird dad stories. It was a tight contest, but Sarah MacLachlan chose her favourite dad story, and has selected books she thinks that Rachel’s dad will love. [youtube] My dad keeps any plastic wrap he comes across, cleans it, and adds it to a large … 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

Staff Picks for the Holidays: The Truth About Stories December 07 2009

The Truth About Stories, the 2003 Massey Lectures by Thomas King Recommended by Sharon Bailey, Anansi and Groundwood Production Director. “I’m rereading The Truth About Stories, one of my favourite Massey Lectures. Thomas King is, as ever, deft with a tale — in this case, many tales — but he delivers contextual gut punches just … Read More