The Anansi Blog

An excerpt from Authenticity by Dr. David Posen January 30 2018

From Dr. David Posen, the bestselling author of Is Work Killing You? and The Little Book of Stress Relief, comes a book about listening to your body, understanding your mind, and making better choices in your life. The following is the introduction from the book. Kimberly was a shy, quiet eight-year-old girl, not unlike her … Read More

Winner Reads All January 09 2018

by Barbara Bloom Nine months ago, I had never heard of House of Anansi Press or its A List (classics) imprint. An ad in Publishers Weekly soon changed that: In an effort to introduce American readers to its titles on the occasion of its golden anniversary, the publisher was offering the A List collection to … Read More

New Releases from Anansi for January 2018 January 04 2018

New year, new books! We’ve got five new titles coming out this month, check them all out below: The Imam of Tawi-Tawi by Ian Hamilton Available January 6 Ava has spent two nights luxuriating in a hotel in Yunnan Province with the actress Pang Fai, with whom she has begun a secret relationship. She receives … Read More

Shortlisted! October 18 2017

It’s award season! AND WE HAVE UPDATES! The Minds of Winter by Ed O’Laughlin was longlisted for the 2017 Scotiabank Giller Prize… well, it’s since been shortlisted! It’s the first time Ed’s made the Giller shortlist and we couldn’t be happier. (We’re also thrilled to see our indie publisher friends at Invisible Publishing make the … Read More

Peter Behrens Wins the Vine Award for Canadian Jewish Literature October 11 2017

Big congratulations to Peter Behrens for winning the Vine Award for Canadian Jewish Literature in the Fiction category for Carry Me! The Vine Awards celebrate “excellence in Canadian Jewish writing” and comes with a $10,000 in addition to the award. Set during the decades between the First and Second World Wars, Carry Me is a … Read More

This Accident of Being Lost shortlisted for the Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize September 28 2017

A few days after Seven Fallen Feathers by Tanya Talaga was shortlisted for the 2017 Hilary Weston Writers’ Trust Prize for Nonfiction, it’s been announced that This Accident of Being Lost by Leanne Betasamosake Simpson has been shortlisted for the 2017 Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize! The Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize “recognizes Canadian writers … Read More

This Accident of Being Lost shortlisted for the Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize September 28 2017

A few days after Seven Fallen Feathers by Tanya Talaga was shortlisted for the 2017 Hilary Weston Writers’ Trust Prize for Nonfiction, it’s been announced that This Accident of Being Lost by Leanne Betasamosake Simpson has been shortlisted for the 2017 Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize! The Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize “recognizes Canadian writers … Read More

Seven Fallen Feathers Shortlisted for the Hilary Weston Writers’ Trust Prize for Nonfiction September 21 2017

The book doesn’t publish for another week (Sept. 30th), but the award nominations for Seven Fallen Feathers by Tanya Talaga are already rolling in. Yesterday, Sept. 20th, Seven Fallen Feathers was longlisted for the 2017 Hilary Weston Writers’ Trust Prize for Nonfiction! This is just the start for Tanya — there are sure to be … Read More

Seven Fallen Feathers Shortlisted for the Hilary Weston Writers’ Trust Prize for Nonfiction September 21 2017

The book doesn’t publish for another week (Sept. 30th), but the award nominations for Seven Fallen Feathers by Tanya Talaga are already rolling in. Yesterday, Sept. 20th, Seven Fallen Feathers was longlisted for the 2017 Hilary Weston Writers’ Trust Prize for Nonfiction! This is just the start for Tanya — there are sure to be … Read More

An interview with Jim MacDonald of Western Newfoundland Brewing Co. August 18 2017

The Western Newfoundland Brewing Co. made a special beer, Anansi’s Traverse, in celebration of our 50th Anniversary! We wanted to highlight the great things Western Newfoundland Brewing Co. is doing — check out our interview with brewmaster Jim MacDonald below: On Western Newfoundland Brewing Co. We’re a very small brewery — our production capacity is … Read More

An interview with Jim MacDonald of Western Newfoundland Brewing Co. August 18 2017

The Western Newfoundland Brewing Co. made a special beer, Anansi’s Traverse, in celebration of our 50th Anniversary! We wanted to highlight the great things Western Newfoundland Brewing Co. is doing — check out our interview with brewmaster Jim MacDonald below: On Western Newfoundland Brewing Co. We’re a very small brewery — our production capacity is … Read More

Anansi Tote Bags are Here! August 17 2017

Lovingly handmade by Peace and Cotton in Toronto, our limited edition 50th anniversary Anansi tote bags are here! Decode the symbols in the beautiful illustration by Patrick Gray, and you’ll have our very own secret recipe for spinning fifty years of publishing into CanLit gold. This sturdy, oversized bag measures 11″ x 17″ with 4.5″ … Read More

Anansi Tote Bags are Here! August 17 2017

Lovingly handmade by Peace and Cotton in Toronto, our limited edition 50th anniversary Anansi tote bags are here! Decode the symbols in the beautiful illustration by Patrick Gray, and you’ll have our very own secret recipe for spinning fifty years of publishing into CanLit gold. This sturdy, oversized bag measures 11″ x 17″ with 4.5″ … Read More

House of Anansi VP Matt Williams on the Access Copyright vs. York University case July 13 2017

Image of Matt from thegreatcanadianpublishingtour.com Yesterday, the Federal Court of Canada released its decision in the Access Copyright vs. York University case. The background: in 2013 Access Copyright sued York for non-payment of two years of copyright fees applicable to material copied for student use. These fees were based on a tariff certified by the … Read More

House of Anansi VP Matt Williams on the Access Copyright vs. York University case July 13 2017

Image of Matt from thegreatcanadianpublishingtour.com Yesterday, the Federal Court of Canada released its decision in the Access Copyright vs. York University case. The background: in 2013 Access Copyright sued York for non-payment of two years of copyright fees applicable to material copied for student use. These fees were based on a tariff certified by the … Read More

Teva Harrison wins the Kobo Emerging Writer Prize in Non-Fiction June 30 2017

Teva Harrison, author of In-Between Days, has won the 2017 Kobo Emerging Writer Prize in non-fiction! The Kobo Emerging Writer Prize help “supports Canadian debut authors by helping kick-start their careers,” and includes $10,000 for winning the prize. Congratulations, Teva! I am officially emerging! And not just from behind this sign. I can't thank @kobobooks … Read More

Teva Harrison wins the Kobo Emerging Writer Prize in Non-Fiction June 30 2017

Teva Harrison, author of In-Between Days, has won the 2017 Kobo Emerging Writer Prize in non-fiction! The Kobo Emerging Writer Prize help “supports Canadian debut authors by helping kick-start their careers,” and includes $10,000 for winning the prize. Congratulations, Teva! I am officially emerging! And not just from behind this sign. I can't thank @kobobooks … Read More

Godfrey and Me — A Guest Post by Mark Satin June 14 2017

The following post was recently written by Mark Satin in response to Sarah MacLachlan’s note after Dave Godfrey’s passing. Sarah, – I have just read your lovely encomium of Anansi co-founder Dave Godfrey. Since it includes a mention (and photo!) of my Manual for Draft-Age Immigrants to Canada, I thought you and your readers might … Read More

Godfrey and Me — A Guest Post by Mark Satin June 14 2017

The following post was recently written by Mark Satin in response to Sarah MacLachlan’s note after Dave Godfrey’s passing. Sarah, – I have just read your lovely encomium of Anansi co-founder Dave Godfrey. Since it includes a mention (and photo!) of my Manual for Draft-Age Immigrants to Canada, I thought you and your readers might … Read More

Recommended Resources for Aboriginal History Month June 08 2017

We recently held our last Beers & Books of the season with Henderson Brewery, and it was one to remember: a discussion of Katherena Vermette’s The Break between Candy Palamater and Tanya Talaga, moderated by Jael Richardson. The sound of beer brewing in the background was a lively accompaniment to the ideas fermenting on stage. … Read More

Recommended Resources for Aboriginal History Month June 08 2017

We recently held our last Beers & Books of the season with Henderson Brewery, and it was one to remember: a discussion of Katherena Vermette’s The Break between Candy Palamater and Tanya Talaga, moderated by Jael Richardson. The sound of beer brewing in the background was a lively accompaniment to the ideas fermenting on stage. … Read More

Katherena Vermette wins the 2017 Amazon.ca First Novel Award! May 30 2017

Katherena Vermette, author of The Break, is the winner of the 2017 Amazon.ca First Novel Award! The #AmazonFNA is a $40,000 annual award that celebrates the best debut Canadian novels written in English. “What a pleasure it is to award the 2017 Amazon First Novel Award to such an arresting and important piece of writing! … Read More

Katherena Vermette wins the 2017 Amazon.ca First Novel Award! May 30 2017

Katherena Vermette, author of The Break, is the winner of the 2017 Amazon.ca First Novel Award! The #AmazonFNA is a $40,000 annual award that celebrates the best debut Canadian novels written in English. “What a pleasure it is to award the 2017 Amazon First Novel Award to such an arresting and important piece of writing! … Read More

The Walrus Foundation, House of Anansi Press, and the Chawkers Foundation are pleased to announce the Walrus Imprint May 04 2017

The Walrus Foundation, House of Anansi Press, and the Chawkers Foundation are pleased to announce the Walrus Imprint TORONTO—Two Canadian literary powerhouses, the Walrus Foundation and House of Anansi Press, have joined forces to publish excellent long-form non-fiction under the new Walrus Imprint, which is made possible by the Chawkers Foundation Writers’ Project. Staff at … Read More