Books published by House of Anansi Pr


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


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

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

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

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

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 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 | August 17, 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

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


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

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 | August 17, 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

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

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

On the Eve of the Millennium

House of Anansi Pr | November 1, 1994 | 166 pages
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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


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

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

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


House of Anansi Press | March 12, 2013 | 232 pages
A classic of Canadian literature by the great Quebecoise writer, Kamouraska is based on a real nineteenth-century love-triangle in rural Quebec. It paints a poetic and terrifying tableau of the life of Elisabeth d'Aulnieres: her marriage to Antoine Tassy, squire of Kamouraska; his violent murder;... More Info


House of Anansi Press | March 12, 2013 | 328 pages
When first published in 1972, Survival was considered the most startling book ever written about Canadian literature. Since then, it has continued to be read and taught, and it continues to shape the way Canadians look at themselves. Distinguished, provocative, and written in effervescent,... 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

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

North America's Lost Decade?

House of Anansi Pr | February 25, 2012 | 92 pages
As stock markets gyrate, Europe lurches from crisis to crisis, and recovery in the United States slows, the future of the North American economy is more uncertain than ever. Can individual entrepreneurship, corporate innovation, and governments create a new era of sustained economic growth? Or,... 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

Up Up Up

House of Anansi Pr | June 30, 2011 | 236 pages
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The Unmemntioable

House of Anansi Pr | February 14, 2012 | 120 pages
This powerful collection of poems, joining letters that should not be joined, tells the stories of Ukrainian immigrants as they settle on Saskatoon Mountain in Alberta, leaving behind memories of the Old Country. Original.  More Info

The Deserter's Tale

House of Anansi Pr | January 19, 2007 | 256 pages
by Joshua Key as told to Lawrence Hill House of Anansi Press; 2007 Hardcover; 256 pages 978-0-88784-208-5 In this first-ever memoir from a young US soldier who participated for eight months in the war in Iraq and then fled to Canada, Joshua Key offers a vivid and damning indictment of how the war... More Info

Race against time

House of Anansi Pr | June 8, 2006 | 214 pages
"I have spent the last four years watching people die." With these wrenching words, diplomat and humanitarian Stephen Lewis opens his 2005 Massey Lectures. In 2000, the United Nations introduced eight Millennium Development Goals on fundamental issues such as education, health, and cutting poverty... More Info


House of Anansi Pr | September 16, 2008 | 230 pages
Collected here, the Massey Lectures from legendary novelist Margaret Atwood investigate the highly topical subject of debt. She doesn't talk about high finance or managing money; instead, she goes far deeper to explore debt as an ancient and central motif in religion, literature, and the structure... More Info


House of Anansi Pr | January 30, 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. It begins in the present-day, but spirals back again and again to the... More Info

Holding still for as long as possible

House of Anansi Press | August 10, 2009 | 301 pages
Three twenty-five-years-olds - two women and a man - who grew up on anti-anxiety meds and who now spend their time text-messaging each other truncated emotional reactions to events they cannot control or even comprehend. A portrait of life in the seedy but gentrifying Toronto neighbourhood of... More Info

One Bird's Choice

House of Anansi Pr | March 1, 2011 | 264 pages
The author, accepting a part-time job near his childhood home, describes his experiences after he moves back home to live with his parents.  More Info