The Anansi Blog

Three New Trailers for CBC’s Kim’s Convenience August 19 2016

Have you heard the good news? Kim’s Convenience is coming this fall to CBC! Production is well underway and we already have three new trailers to share courtesy of the CBC! Wholly original, hysterically funny, and deeply moving, Kim’s Convenience tells the story of one Korean family struggling to face the future amidst the bitter … Read More

Interview with Melanie Raabe, author of The Trap April 14 2016

In this exclusive interview, Melanie Raabe, author of The Trap, discusses how she came up with the idea for her novel, and the challenges that arose. The famous novelist Linda Conrads, 38, is a mystery to her fans and the media. She hasn’t set foot over the threshold of her villa on Lake Starnberg for … Read More

Teva Harrison on Her Relationship With the Act of Drawing April 13 2016

“When I first got sick I didn’t want to talk to anybody. I didn’t know how to talk about what was happening to me. But one of the ways I pulled myself out of the depression of my diagnosis was… by drawing.” In the video below, Teva Harrison, author of In-Between Days, discusses her relationship … Read More

Teva Harrison on Going Public With Her Diagnosis April 08 2016

In the first of a series of videos, Teva Harrison, author of In-Between Days, talks about her diagnosis with metastatic breast cancer and why she decided to go public. Teva Harrison was diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer at the age of 37. In this brilliant and inspiring graphic memoir, she documents through comic illustration and … Read More

Patrick deWitt reads from Undermajordomo Minor September 03 2015

“An electrifying adventure, both tender and profane. Nervy, hilarious, and utterly unpredictable, Patrick deWitt has served up another dazzler.” Maria Semple, author of Where’d You Go, Bernadette? “In his delightful and dark new novel, Booker nominee deWitt brings his amusingly off-kilter vision to a European folk tale . . . DeWitt uses familiar tropes to … Read More

Recapping The Munk Debates: Has Obama Made the World a More Dangerous Place? February 10 2015

The 14th semi-annual Munk Debate was held in Toronto on November 5th, 2014, and featured four panelists debating U.S. President Barack Obama’s Foreign Policy. Specifically, they focused on whether Obama’s foreign policy is inadvertently working to embolden the U.S.A.’s enemies and, ultimately, whether it is making the world a more dangerous place. Arguing on the pro … Read More

#ReadWomen2014 June 05 2014

[youtube] It’s fair to say that House of Anansi has always published great women writers, so when Joanna Walsh of the Guardian began her #readwomen2014 initiative we decided to do a Vida Count of our own. We were pleased and fascinated by what we discovered. In 1967, our founding year, Anansi published Janis Rapoport’s … 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

Looking at Migrant by Maxine Trottier, illustrated by Isabelle Arsenault July 09 2013

In a good world, I will be on vacation when you read this post. We rent a cottage near Point Pelee National Park, which is a gorgeous part of Canada. We are able to buy the most incredible produce there because of all the farms nearby, but not until I saw Migrant, written by Maxine … Read More

Lisa Moore will pick the perfect book for your summer goals June 17 2013

Want Lisa Moore to pick the perfect book for you this summer? Send your summer goals to *Contest closes at midnight on June 19th. Canadian residents only please, excluding Quebec. Your entry may be read to the Internet by Lisa Moore.

Massey Lectures update: Neil Turok and The Universe Within March 26 2013

Massey Lectures Rebroadcast Details: Tune in to CBC Radio One’s Ideas March 25-29 at 9:00 p.m. (9:30 p.m. in NFLD) to catch the rebroadcast of the 2012 Massey Lectures, The Universe Within: From Quantum to Cosmos by world-renowned physicist Neil Turok. Watch Neil Turok on TVO’s Allan Gregg In Conversation: (email subscribers, please click through … Read More

New book alert: Life is About Losing Everything April 23 2012

Lynn Crosbie‘s heartbreaking new blend of memoir and fiction, Life is About Losing Everything, is launching May 10 at The Mascot in Toronto (details on Facebook). Check out this series of videos the artist Reid Millard is working on to promote the book: (Email subscribers, please click on the post title to view the videos … Read More

Remembering Christopher Hitchens December 16 2011

All of us at Anansi and Groundwood are terribly sad to learn of the death of Christopher Hitchens, an intellectual and friend. Our thoughts are with his family and friends in this difficult time. We are proud to be able to uphold the memory of this remarkable person in our Munk Debates book, Hitchens Vs. … 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

Anansi Presents Margaret Atwood December 01 2011

Margaret Atwood has been publishing books with Anansi since the ’60’s when we published The Circle Game — we’ve even published her children’s book Up in the Tree on the Groundwood side. Her most recent adult book with us was Payback: Debt and the Shadow Side of Wealth, which will soon be a movie on … Read More

Kathleen Winter accepts the 2011 Thomas Head Raddall Atlantic Fiction Award May 24 2011

Watch Kathleen Winter’s moving speech as she accepts the 2011 Thomas Head Raddall Atlantic Fiction Prize for her debut novel, Annabel. Our most heartfelt congratulations go out to Kathleen. [youtube=]

Three fascinating interviews with Wade Davis November 16 2009

Wade Davis, Massey Lecturer and author of The Wayfinders, had a very busy weekend. WATCH: Will the world end in 2012? Watch Wade on ABC’s Good Morning America, talking about the Mayan calendar’s prediction that 2012 marks the beginning of an apocalypse. In the interview, Wade cheerily allays our fears: “To look at a single … 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