Anansi Turns 55

Anansi Turns 55

When you purchase $55 worth of books from our anniversary collection you will receive a limited edition Anansi enamel pin.



To celebrate our 55th anniversary we're looking back at some of the critically acclaimed, award-winning, culture-defining books that made Anansi what it is today. In our 55th anniversary collection you'll find 55 books that reflect our original mission: challenge the status quo. Among these books are Canadian fiction, non-fiction, and poetry that has redefined genres, started national conversations, and stolen hearts in Canada and around the world.

Looking to the future, we're guided by the same principles that inspired Dennis Lee and David Godfrey to found Anansi. Our new publisher, Leigh Nash, put it best in a recent edition of Publishers Weekly: "We want to be powered by that sense of relentless optimism that buoyed early Anansi lists." This holiday season, that glittering feeling of possibility guides our celebrations as we step back to admire 55 years of very good books and look forward to the new year ahead.

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The Best Kind of People

From award-winning author Zoe Whittall comes The Best Kind of People, a stunning tour de force about the unravelling of an all-American family.


Award-winning Nishnaabeg storyteller and writer Leanne Betasamosake Simpson returns with a bold reimagination of the novel.

The Sisters Brothers

In this #1 national bestseller, Patrick deWitt spins a violent, lustful, hung-over and humorous odyssey through the underworld of the 1850s frontier.

The Outside Circle

A graphic novel about two brothers surrounded by poverty and gang violence trying to overcome centuries of historic trauma.

Bone and Bread

A heady, powerfully emotional novel that is part family saga, part love story, and part mystery.


Lisa Moore's unforgettable second novel examines the aftermath of 1982's Ocean Ranger disaster within the community of St. John's.

Seven Fallen Feathers

The shocking true story of seven young Indigenous students who were found dead in a northern Ontario city over the span of seven years.


The second collection from Canadian poet and filmmaker Shane Book.

We Two Alone

A masterful debut collection of stories that dramatizes the Chinese diaspora across the globe over the past hundred years.


Scotiabank Giller Prize winner Coady gives us nine new stories, each grabbing our attention from the first line and resonating long after the last.

The Secret Book of Grazia dei Rossi

A sweeping saga of intrigue and romance set during the Italian Renaissance and told through the eyes of a young Jewish woman.

Frying Plantain

Frying Plantain follows a girl from elementary school to high school graduation as she navigates Black identity in a predominantly white society.