A Long History of Short Stories



We are proud to have a long history of publishing short stories. The very first was Death Goes Better with Coca-Cola, written by one of Anansi’s founders, Dave Godfrey, and published in 1967, the press’s founding year. Since that first collection, we have been honoured to publish critically acclaimed short fiction for 55 years. 

For Short Story Month we have created a special edition chapbook which includes four short stories from our newest collections. 

You can find these free chapbooks at select indie bookstores and specialty retailers across Canada.

  • Type Junction, Toronto
  • Book City Bloor West, Toronto
  • Book City Danforth, Toronto
  • Queen Books, Toronto
  • Another Story, Toronto
  • Anansi Bookshop, Toronto
  • Henderson Brewing Co., Toronto
  • Ethica Coffee Roasters, Toronto
  • Museum of Contemporary Art, Toronto
  • Paragraphe, Montreal
  • Perfect Books, Ottawa
  • Bookmark, Halifax
  • Bookmark, PEI
  • Mosaic Books, Kelowna
  • Bolen Books, Victoria
  • Munro's Books, Victoria
  • McNally Robinson Grant Park, Winnipeg
  • McNally Robinson at The Forks, Winnipeg
  • Audreys Books, Edmonton
  • Shelf Life Books, Calgary
  • Misty River Books, Terrace

Glorious Frazzled Beings by Angélique Lalonde

A startling and beguiling story collection, Scotiabank Giller Prize finalist Glorious Frazzled Beings is a love song to the homes we make, keep, and break.

 "You will laugh out loud. You will find these lines embedded in your dreams"—Katherena Vermette, author of The Break and The Strangers

Nothing Could Be Further from the Truth by Christopher Evans

In stories both absurd and all-too-real, Christopher Evans paints a portrait of the uncanniness of modern life.

"These stories will make you laugh — until you notice your reflection peeking out between the pages." —John Elizabeth Stintzi, author of Vanishing Monuments and Junebat


All the Shining People by Kathy Friedman 

This collection explores migration, diaspora, and belonging within Toronto’s Jewish South African community, as individuals come to terms with the oppressive hierarchies that separate, and the connections that bind.

"All the Shining People finds the universal in the local, and it shines."—Gary Barwin, author of Yiddish for Pirates

No Stars in the Sky by Martha Bátiz

The nineteen stories in No Stars in the Sky feature strong but damaged female characters in crisis. 

“Profoundly moving and beautifully written . . . each story is its own universe that transports the reader through the characters’ joy and pain.” — Amy Stuart

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