Books published by House of Anansi


Me, Myself, They: Life Beyond the Binary

House of Anansi Press | May 7, 2019 | 304 pages
From renowned non-binary trans activist Joshua M. Ferguson comes a personal work of memoir and critical analysis that pushes for an inclusive understanding of sex and gender.  More Info


House of Anansi Press | September 30, 2017 | 304 pages
In 1966, twelve-year-old Chanie Wenjack froze to death on the railway tracks after running away from residential school. An inquest was called for and four recommendations were made to ensure the safety of indigenous students. None of those recommendations were applied. More than a quarter of a... More Info

In Search of a Better World

House of Anansi Press | September 9, 2017 | 304 pages
A work of memoir, history, and a call to action, In Search of a Better World, the 2017 CBC Massey Lecture, is a powerful and essential work on the major human rights struggles of our times. Renowned UN prosecutor and human rights scholar Payam Akhavan has encountered the grim realities of... More Info

Prisons We Choose to Live Inside

House of Anansi | June 18, 1991 | 80 pages
In her 1985 CBC Massey Lectures Doris Lessing addresses the question of personal freedom and individual responsibility in a world increasingly prone to political rhetoric, mass emotions, and inherited structures of unquestioned belief.The Nobel Prize-winning author of more than thirty books, Doris... More Info


House of Anansi Pr | July 21, 2009 | 305 pages
Cockroachis as urgent, unsettling, and brilliant as Rawi Hage's bestselling and critically acclaimed first book, De Niro's Game. The novel takes place during one month of a bitterly cold winter in Montreal's restless immigrant community, where a self-described thief has just tried but failed to... More Info

The Deleted World

House of Anansi | December 10, 2011 |
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Becoming Human

House of Anansi | June 18, 2008 | 166 pages
Acclaimed as a man "who inspires the world" (Maclean's) and a "nation builder" (Globe and Mail), Jean Vanier has made a difference in the lives of countless people — including those with disabilities and the many young people who have been moved by his life's work. Becoming Humanis a modern... More Info

The Malaise of Modernity

House of Anansi | June 18, 1991 | 135 pages
In Malaise of Modernity, Charles Taylor focuses on the key modern concept of self-fulfillment, often attacked as the central support of what Christopher Lasch has called the culture of narcissism. To Taylor, self-fulfillment, although often expressed in self-centered ways, isn't necessarily a... More Info


House of Anansi | June 18, 2019 | 100 pages
A second volume of poetic works by an award-winning writer from Toronto expands the repertoire of her earlier collection to consider topics that are not traditionally explored in poetry. By the author of Short Haul Engine. Original.  More Info

The Way of the Screenwriter

House of Anansi | June 18, 2019 | 283 pages
Such is the Way of the screenwriter; and here is a guide to accompany you along the path that all masterful screenwriters have discovered intuitively. This is much more than a "how-to" manual; it illuminates the why behind the how, treating screenwriting as the convergence of storytelling, writing... More Info


House of Anansi | June 18, 2019 | 471 pages
Shortlisted for the Scotiabank Giller Prize, the Governor General's Award for Fiction, and the Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Prize In 1968, into the beautiful, spare environment of remote coastal Labrador, a mysterious child is born: a baby who appears to be neither fully boy nor girl, but both at... More Info

Should We Tax the Rich More?

House of Anansi Press | October 11, 2013 | 104 pages
As middle-class incomes stagnate in advanced economies while the rich experience record income gains, the 11th semi-annual Munk Debate pits wealth redistribution supporters Paul Krugman and George Papandreou, against Newt Gingrich and Arthur Laffer to debate taxation — should the rich pay more?... More Info

Alden Nowlan Selected Poems

House of Anansi Press | August 3, 2013 | 174 pages
The best of beloved poet Alden Nowlan's explicitly honest, direct, and insightful poetry. Now featuring an introduction by Susan Musgrave Alden Nowlan, one of Canada's finest and most influential poets, died in 1983. He leaves a rich legacy of poetry that is accessible yet profound, and that speaks... More Info

Ana Historic

House of Anansi Press | October 15, 2013 | 168 pages
A classic of Canadian literature, here is the A List edition of Daphne Marlatt's utterly original novel about rescuing a forgotten woman from obscurity Ana Historic is the story of Mrs. Richards, a woman of no history, who appears briefly in 1873 in the civic archives of Vancouver. It is also the... More Info

No Pain Like This Body

House of Anansi Press | October 15, 2013 | 160 pages
The A List edition of Harold Sonny Ladoo's enduring novel, a raw, unsentimental story of life in a small Caribbean community. Set in the Eastern Caribbean at the beginning of the twentieth century, No Pain Like this Body describes the perilous existence of a poor rice-growing family during the... More Info

This All Happened

House of Anansi Press | August 3, 2013 | 288 pages
The A List edition of Michael Winter's brilliant fictional memoir, This All Happened depicts one man's descent from love to fury over a calendar year. Featuring an introduction by Lisa Moore. In this journal-a-clef, we are exposed to the kernel of truth that exists in each day. Told from the... More Info

This All Happened

House of Anansi | June 18, 2019 | 287 pages
"Told from the viewpoint of Gabriel English, This All Happened opens windows onto a richly textured, fast-pacedly filmic compilation of daily vignettes over one calendar year (if Fellini were a Newfoundlander...). Gabriel's passion for Lydia Murphy leads him into paroxysms of jealousy—but he... More Info

The Griffin Poetry Prize 2013 Anthology: A Selection of the Shortlist

House of Anansi Press | June 11, 2013 | 128 pages
The highly anticipated annual anthology of the best Canadian and international poetry. Each year, the best books of poetry published in English internationally and in Canada are honoured with the Griffin Poetry Prize, one of the world's most prestigious and richest literary awards. Since 2001 this... More Info


House of Anansi | June 15, 2006 | 288 pages
Lisa Moore's Alligatorgives dramatic birth to a new kind of fiction: North Atlantic Gothic. The story moves with the swiftness of a gator in attack mode through the lives of a group of brilliantly rendered characters in contemporary St. John's, Newfoundland — a city whose spiritual location is... More Info

How to Host a Dinner Party

House of Anansi | June 11, 2013 | 264 pages
We've all been there: twenty minutes before guests arrive, and you're unsure if you've got enough wine, or enough chairs, or whether your friend is a vegetarian or a vegan. Hosting a dinner party is hard, but Corey Mintz can help. For his popular Toronto Star column, "Fed," he has presided over 115... More Info


House of Anansi Press | April 9, 2013 | 88 pages
Sara Peters' visionary debut collection is a book about obsessions — about desire, violence, sex, beauty, and cruelty, about how they lace through our days, leaving us changed. In these startling poems of mystery and terror, we meet remarkable characters enduring unspeakable things, confronting... More Info

Under the Keel

House of Anansi Press | April 9, 2013 | 96 pages
Michael Crummey's first collection in a decade has something for everyone: Love and marriage and airport grief; how not to get laid in a Newfoundland mining town; total immersion baptism; the grand machinery of decay; migrant music and invisible crowns and mortifying engagements with babysitters;... More Info

The Truth About Luck

House of Anansi Press | May 14, 2013 | 288 pages
In The Truth about Luck, Iain Reid, author of the highly popular coming-of-age memoir One Bird's Choice, accompanies his grandmother on a five-day vacation ? which turns out to be a "staycation" at his basement apartment in Kingston. While the twenty-eight-year-old writer is at the beginning of his... More Info

The Truth about Stories

House of Anansi Press | June 18, 2019 | 172 pages
Winner of the 2003 Trillium Book Award "Stories are wondrous things," award-winning author and scholar Thomas King declares in his 2003 CBC Massey Lectures. "And they are dangerous." Beginning with a traditional Native oral story, King weaves his way through literature and history, religion and... More Info

Swimming Home

House of Anansi | October 13, 2012 | 168 pages
Shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize and selected as aNew York TimesNotable Book,Swimming Homeis a sexy psychological thriller from a highly acclaimed writer. Poet Joe and his war-correspondent wife Isabel arrive with their daughter and another couple to a rented villa in the south of France to... More Info

Is Work Killing You?

House of Anansi Press | April 9, 2013 | 256 pages
From the bestselling author of The Little Book of Stress Relief comes the definitive guide to treating ? and eliminating ? excessive stress in the workplace. Dr. David Posen, a popular speaker and a leading expert on stress mastery, identifies the three biggest problems that contribute to burnout... More Info

The Real World of Technology

House Of Anansi | October 1, 1999 | 209 pages
"In this expanded edition of her bestselling 1989 CBC Massey Lectures, renowned scientist and humanitarian Ursula M. Franklin examines the impact of technology upon our lives and addresses the extraordinary changes in the bitsphere since Real World of Technology was first published. In four new... More Info


House of Anansi Pr | May 1, 2010 | 232 pages
Bestselling author and national columnist Marjorie Harris offers a timely and entertaining guide to living the thrifty life. Here are solid tips on how to haggle, how to find fashion deals, maintaining home and hearth on a budget, and money-saving ideas on gardening, travel, and entertainment.... More Info

Nostalgia for the Absolute

House of Anansi Press | March 1, 1997 | 61 pages
The decline of formal religious systems has left a moral and emotional emptiness in Western culture. George Steiner, internationally renowned thinker and scholar, pursues this and examines the alternative "mythologies" of Marxism, Freudian psychology, Lévi-Straussian anthropology, and fads of... More Info

The Griffin poetry prize anthology

House of Anansi Pr | August 5, 2005 | 93 pages
Selections from the Griffin Poetry Prize winners includes the work of exciting contemporary poets from around the world. Original.  More Info

Life's little difficulties

House of Anansi Press | June 18, 2019 | 155 pages
Terry, a doting father who consults the I Ching daily, and Carmen, his waitress wife, raise their baby son Etienne and struggle to understand the meaning of life. Original.  More Info


House of Anansi | January 18, 2010 | 310 pages
In 1982, the oil rig Ocean Ranger sank off the coast of Newfoundland during a Valentine's Day storm. All eighty-four men aboard died. February is the story of Helen O'Mara, one of those left behind when her husband, Cal, drowns on the rig.  More Info

Finding Peace

House of Anansi Pr | February 1, 2003 | 90 pages
One of our deepest human desires and needs is to live in peace. We all yearn for peace, but what is it exactly? How do we find it, and how can we bring peace to our lives and our communities? Jean Vanier reflects on recent world events, identifying the sources of conflict and fear within and among... More Info

Working the Dead Beat

House of Anansi | September 29, 2012 | 448 pages
Globe and Mailcolumnist Sandra Martin honours the lives of Canada's famous, infamous, and unsung heroes in this unique collection of obituaries of the first decade of the twenty-first century. Here are Canadian icons such as Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau, economist John Kenneth Galbraith, social... More Info

Made for Happiness

House of Anansi Pr | March 28, 2005 | 203 pages
In Made for Happiness, Jean Vanier offers us an uplifting, contemporary, and practical application of philosophy to our human needs and yearnings. Having discovered, through his work with people with disabilities, the degree to which our society is divided and our values are misplaced, Vanier... More Info


House of Anansi | September 29, 2012 | 304 pages
Winner of the Quebec Writers' Federation Hugh MacLennan Prize for Fiction and shortlisted for the Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Prize In the Carnival city there are two types of taxi drivers -- the spiders and the flies. The spiders patiently sit in their cars and wait for the calls to come. But... More Info


House Of Anansi | April 1, 1999 | 84 pages
Mean is a stunning exploration of the threshold and divide between our primeval origins and traditions, and the meanness of our everyday lives. Ken Babstock means to edge closer to what the elements give up, what they create, and what exists below their surfaces.  More Info

Necessary Illusions

House of Anansi | June 18, 2019 | 422 pages
This is an essential introduction to the "propaganda model" of media analysis. Chomsky offers a message of hope, reminding us that resistance is possible, necessary and effective.  More Info


House of Anansi Press | September 30, 2011 | 288 pages
"This year's CBC Massey Lectures celebrates fifty years with bestselling author, essayist, cultural observer, and famed New Yorker contributor Adam Gopnik, whose subject is winter -- the season, the space, the cycle. Gopnik takes us on an intimate tour of the artists, poets, composers, writers,... More Info

On the Eve of the Millennium

House of Anansi Pr | November 1, 1994 | 166 pages
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The Hockey Sweater and Other Stories

House of Anansi Press | March 12, 2013 | 152 pages
The Hockey Sweater, the title story in this 20-story collection, has become an enduring classic: a Quebec boy and Habs fan is shipped a Toronto Maple Leafs sweater by mistake. It encapsulates everything you need to understand French and English Canada, told with humour and love. This edition... More Info

Civil Elegies

House of Anansi Press | March 12, 2013 | 64 pages
Civil Elegies is Dennis Lee's uncompromising exploration of citizenship, both Canadian and human. Eli Mandel has called Civil Elegies one of the most important contemporary books of poetry in our country. It was the winner of the Governor General's Literary Award for Poetry in 1972. This edition... More Info

Has the European Experiment Failed?

House of Anansi Press | December 11, 2012 | 112 pages
In the sweep of human history, the European Union stands out as one of humankind's most ambitious endeavors. It encompasses half a billion people, twenty-seven member states, twenty-three languages, and an economy valued at over $15 trillion. Modern Europe's stunning achievements aside, its... More Info

Time Warped

House of Anansi | September 15, 2012 | 352 pages
We are obsessed with time. However hard we might try, it is almost impossible to spend even one day without the marker of a clock. But how much do we understand about time, and is it possible to retrain our brains and improve our relationship with it? Drawing on the latest research from the fields... More Info

Mister Roger and Me

House of Anansi | September 29, 2012 | 240 pages
Helen, alias "Joe," would rather be a boy and have all kinds of adventures like Lady Oscar, her favourite cartoon heroine. She daydreams about living in another time and achieving great things, but she must be content delivering newspapers and working at the bingo hall. After all, she is only eight... More Info

The Circle Game

House of Anansi Press | March 12, 2013 | 96 pages
The appearance of Margaret Atwood's first major collection of poetry marked the beginning of a truly outstanding career in Canadian and international letters. The voice in these poems is as witty, vulnerable, direct, and incisive as we've come to know in later works, such as Power Politics, Bodily... More Info

The Blue Book

House of Anansi | September 1, 2012 | 384 pages
Elizabeth Barber is crossing the Atlantic by liner with her perfectly adequate boyfriend, Derek, who might be planning to propose. In fleeing the UK -- temporarily -- Elizabeth may also be in flight from her past and the charismatic Arthur, once her partner in what she came to see as a series of... More Info

Poems for All the Annettes

House of Anansi Press | March 12, 2013 | 104 pages
Originally published by Contact Press in 1962, then later by House of Anansi in 1967, and again in a revised, expanded edition in 1972, Poems for All the Annettes stands as one of the essential documents of the great Al Purdy's career. So many beloved poems are here?"At Roblin Lake," "At the Quinte... More Info

Five Legs

House of Anansi Press | March 12, 2013 | 244 pages
First published by Anansi in 1969, Five Legs was a breakthrough for Canadian experimental fiction, selling 1,000 copies in its first week. At the time Scott Symons wrote that "Five Legs has more potent writing in it, page for page, than any other young Canadian novel that I can think of." Or indeed... More Info

The Selected Short Fiction of Lisa Moore

House of Anansi Press | March 12, 2013 | 296 pages
Lisa Moore's stories are bright, emotionally engaging, tangible. She marks out the precious moments of her characters' lives against deceptively commonplace backdrops — a St. John's hospital cafeteria lit only by the lights in the snack machines; a half-built house "like a rib cage around a... More Info