When I was in grade five I won a cake in a raffle. The school secretary announced my name during the morning announcements, and at the end of the day one of the older kids brought the cake into my class. All the other kids in my grade gathered around me to take a look … Read More
In 1989, a North Korean dissident writer, known to us only by the pseudonym Bandi, began to write a series of stories about life under Kim Il-sung’s totalitarian regime. Smuggled out of North Korea and set for publication around the world in 2017, The Accusation provides a unique and shocking window into this most secretive … Read More
Seven years ago Diana Athill made her one and only visit to Canada to participate in a PEN Canada talk with Alice Munro. It was one of the highlights of my publishing life, listening to those two women chat about reading, and writing and the joys of literature. William Richardson graciously hosted the evening and … Read More
Lena Dunham, creator/star of hit HBO television series Girls and co-founder of weekly feminist newsletter Lenny Letter, recently recommended Diana Athill’s A Florence Diary, calling Athill “the ideal writer to show us what survival looks like.” Dunham’s full recommendation reads: “Diana Athill’s A Florence Diary is a deceptively sweet and slim book. What could be a casual tour … Read More
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We at Anansi hope you’re surrounded by the most appealing Autumn transition — it can be a chilly time of year, but it can also be a beautiful one. Because things can never be too colourful, we thought we’d do our part to make the Fall reading season an enjoyable one by giving you the … Read More
In Part 1 of the 2016 CBC Massey Lectures, lecturer Jennifer Welsh explores the unfulfilled promise of the “end of history” in the aftermath of the fall of the Berlin Wall. CBC Ideas on Radio will air the 2016 Massey Lectures the week of October 31st – November 4th. Part 1 airs tonight, October … Read More
We’re thrilled to announce that The Waking Comes Late by Steven Heighton has won the 2016 Governor General’s Literary Award for Poetry! Congratulations, Steven! “Steven Heighton’s The Waking Comes Late is a journey deepening as we read. He locates the complexities of the personal in a wide range of social issues, while playing masterfully with … Read More
From the author and illustrator of the critically acclaimed graphic memoir In-Between Days comes a colouring book full of original, never-before-published drawings meant to delight, inspire, and heal. The Joyful Living Colouring Book by Teva Harrison publishes on November 5th (but it’s available to order at houseofanansi.com a week earlier on October 29th!) — if … Read More
In August 1947, Diana Athill travelled to Florence by the Golden Arrow train for a two-week holiday with her cousin Pen. In A Florence Diary, a playful diary of that trip, delightfully illustrated with photographs of the period, Athill recorded her observations and adventures — the following is an excerpt from A Florence Diary, forthcoming … Read More
For the next week, we’ll be holding a contest in which you can win Caught, Alligator, and February by award-winning author Lisa Moore. Settle into the Fall season by giving yourself a chance to win these three uniquely Canadian novels!
Feminist. Social Activist. Broadcaster. Corporate leader. One of Canada’s most celebrated and dynamic citizens, Denise Donlon has long been recognized as a trailblazer in the Canadian cultural industries. The following is an excerpt from Denise Donlon’s new memoir Fearless as Possible (Under the Circumstances), forthcoming from House of Anansi on November 5, 2016. This excerpt … Read More