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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Little Dogs

Little Dogs: New and Selected Poems showcases the evolution of one the most distinct and celebrated Canadian writers of his generation.

Minds of Winter

The unexpected meeting of two present-day travellers exposes one of the most perplexing mysteries in the history of Arctic exploration.

The Road In Is Not the Same Road Out

In her fourth collection Karen Solie advances her extraordinary poetics of impetus and second thoughts.


Acclaimed critic Nick Mount delves into Canada’s literary history and the era that produced some of our most internationally acclaimed authors.


Rawi Hage's second novel combines an uncompromising vision of humanity with razor-sharp portraits of society's outsiders.

The 2022 Griffin Poetry Prize Anthology

The prestigious and highly anticipated annual anthology of the best Canadian and international poetry from the 2022 Griffin Poetry Prize shortlist.

Out of the Sun

Two-time Scotiabank Giller Prize winner and internationally bestselling author Esi Edugyan delivers an incisive analysis of the relationship between race and art.

A Short History of Progress

15th Anniversary edition of the #1 national bestseller featuring a new introduction from the author warning of the accelerating patterns of progress and disaster.

History's People

Acclaimed historian Margaret MacMillan gives her own personal selection of the great figures of the past, who have changed the course of history.


Bestselling author Lawrence Hill offers an examination of the scientific and social history of blood, and the way that it unites and divides us today.

The Wayfinders

Distinguished anthropologist Wade Davis leads us on a fascinating tour through a handful of indigenous cultures.

The Truth About Stories

In his 2003 CBC Massey Lectures, award-winning author Thomas King explores how stories shape who we are and how we understand and interact with other people.