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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Basic Black with Pearls

In her search for a lover, Shirley sheds her drab existence together with torturous memories of guilt and loss as a Jewish immigrant in Toronto.

The Hockey Sweater and Other Stories

The Hockey Sweater, the title story in this 20-story collection, has become an enduring Canadian classic.

These Festive Nights

The first volume in Marie-Claire Blais’ ten-book "Soifs" novel cycle, acclaimed as one of the greatest undertakings in modern Quebec fiction.

The Big Why

A year in the life of famed artist Rockwell Kent, who in 1914 left the bustling streets of New York City for the quaint town of Brigus, Newfoundland.


The early Governor General’s Literary Award–winning collection from one of Canada’s most profoundly inventive and eminent poets.

Columbus and the Fat Lady

Governor General’s Literary Award–winning author Matt Cohen’s first collection of satirical and surreal short stories.

Eleven Canadian Novelists Interviewed by Graeme Gibson

A collection of candid and wide-ranging interviews with Canadian writers, including Alice Munro, Mordecai Richler, Margaret Laurence, and more.