House of Anansi Awards


It’s award season! AND WE HAVE UPDATES! The Minds of Winter by Ed O’Laughlin was longlisted for the 2017 Scotiabank Giller Prize… well, it’s since been shortlisted! It’s the first time Ed’s made the Giller shortlist and we couldn’t be happier. (We’re also thrilled to see our indie publisher friends at Invisible Publishing make the … Read More

Peter Behrens, Carry Me

Peter Behrens Wins the Vine Award for Canadian Jewish Literature

Big congratulations to Peter Behrens for winning the Vine Award for Canadian Jewish Literature in the Fiction category for Carry Me! The Vine Awards celebrate “excellence in Canadian Jewish writing” and comes with a $10,000 in addition to the award. Set during the decades between the First and Second World Wars, Carry Me is a … Read More


This Accident of Being Lost shortlisted for the Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize

A few days after Seven Fallen Feathers by Tanya Talaga was shortlisted for the 2017 Hilary Weston Writers’ Trust Prize for Nonfiction, it’s been announced that This Accident of Being Lost by Leanne Betasamosake Simpson has been shortlisted for the 2017 Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize! The Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize “recognizes Canadian writers … Read More

The Manual For Draft-Age Immiagrants to Canada

Malcolm Shookner on The Manual for Draft-Age Immigrants to Canada

Malcolm Shookner used the original Manual for Draft-Age Immigrants to Canada to emigrate to Canada with his family in 1970s. He emailed us a few weeks ago when the A List edition was released inquiring about buying a copy, noting that it’s an “indispensable resource.” We sent him a copy — and also asked him … Read More


Minds of Winter Longlisted for the 2017 Giller Prize

It’s still summer, but we’ve already got our minds on winter. We’ve got our… Minds of Winter. That didn’t work. We’re thrilled to see Minds of Winter by Ed O’Loughlin on this year’s Scotiabank Giller Prize longlist! The longlist of 12 was selected by a five-member jury panel: Anita Rau Badami, André Alexis, Lynn Coady, … Read More

Western Newfoundland Brewing Company

An interview with Jim MacDonald of Western Newfoundland Brewing Co.

The Western Newfoundland Brewing Co. made a special beer, Anansi’s Traverse, in celebration of our 50th Anniversary! We wanted to highlight the great things Western Newfoundland Brewing Co. is doing — check out our interview with brewmaster Jim MacDonald below: On Western Newfoundland Brewing Co. We’re a very small brewery — our production capacity is … Read More

House Of Anansi Tote Bag

Anansi Tote Bags are Here!

Lovingly handmade by Peace and Cotton in Toronto, our limited edition 50th anniversary Anansi tote bags are here! Decode the symbols in the beautiful illustration by Patrick Gray, and you’ll have our very own secret recipe for spinning fifty years of publishing into CanLit gold. This sturdy, oversized bag measures 11″ x 17″ with 4.5″ … Read More

The Bush Garden by Northrop Frye

New Releases from Anansi for August 2017

August is here! And you know what that means, right? New books! We’ve got five new additions to the A List releasing this month, plus a new work of fiction from Gillian Best. Check them all out below: Made for Happiness by Jean Vanier Available August 26 In Made for Happiness, Jean Vanier examines the … Read More

Matt Williams VP at House of Anansi

House of Anansi VP Matt Williams on the Access Copyright vs. York University case

Image of Matt from Yesterday, the Federal Court of Canada released its decision in the Access Copyright vs. York University case. The background: in 2013 Access Copyright sued York for non-payment of two years of copyright fees applicable to material copied for student use. These fees were based on a tariff certified by the … Read More

In-Between Days by Teva Harrison

Teva Harrison wins the Kobo Emerging Writer Prize in Non-Fiction

Teva Harrison, author of In-Between Days, has won the 2017 Kobo Emerging Writer Prize in non-fiction! The Kobo Emerging Writer Prize help “supports Canadian debut authors by helping kick-start their careers,” and includes $10,000 for winning the prize. Congratulations, Teva! I am officially emerging! And not just from behind this sign. I can't thank @kobobooks … Read More

Draft Age Immigrants to Canada by Mark Satin

Godfrey and Me — A Guest Post by Mark Satin

The following post was recently written by Mark Satin in response to Sarah MacLachlan’s note after Dave Godfrey’s passing. Sarah, – I have just read your lovely encomium of Anansi co-founder Dave Godfrey. Since it includes a mention (and photo!) of my Manual for Draft-Age Immigrants to Canada, I thought you and your readers might … Read More