It’s fair to say that House of Anansi has always published great women writers, so when Joanna Walsh of the Guardian began her #readwomen2014 initiative we decided to do a Vida Count of our own. We were pleased and fascinated by what we discovered.

In 1967, our founding year, Anansi published Janis Rapoport’s debut poetry collection, Within the Whirling Moment, in the Young Poets series (YPS) and the young Margaret Atwood’s second collection, Circle Game, winner of the Governor General’s Literary Award, was published under the House of Anansi imprint (HAP 3).

This was an auspicious beginning to be sure, however, over the next twenty-two years Anansi published only twenty female authors. That’s not a high number, but in the ensuing twenty-five years, since 1987, the house has published more than seventy women writers — a 300% increase! We’re happy to report that women writers have very strong representation at Anansi, across all genres. Our women authors write about everything: health and wellness, science, history, astrology, memoir, poetry, and fiction.

We have decided to take up #readwomen2014 as our campaign slogan for the upcoming fall season largely because we have a plethora of fabulous women writers on our list and want the world to know about them. More importantly, we want everyone to read their books! So please take a look at what we have to offer you in the coming months. Enter our contest to win wonderful prizes. And please, please read and share these extraordinary writers! #readwomen2014

House of Anansi President and Publisher, Sarah MacLachlan


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Looking at Migrant by Maxine Trottier, illustrated by Isabelle Arsenault

A New York Times Book Review choice as one of the 10 Best Illustrated Children's Books of 2011, an Amelia Frances Howard-Gibbon Award Honour Book, and finalist for the Governor General's Award: Children's Illustration and Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Children’s Book Awards: Picture Book  <i>Migrant</i> by Maxine Trottier, illustrated by Isabelle Arsenault

Migrant by Maxine Trottier, illustrated by Isabelle Arsenault
A New York Times Book Review choice as one of the 10 Best Illustrated Children’s Books of 2011 ∙ Amelia Frances Howard-Gibbon Award Honour Book ∙ Finalist for the Governor General’s Award (Illustration) ∙ Finalist for the Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Children’s Book Award

In a good world, I will be on vacation when you read this post. We rent a cottage near Point Pelee National Park, which is a gorgeous part of Canada. We are able to buy the most incredible produce there because of all the farms nearby, but not until I saw Migrant, written by Maxine Trottier and illustrated by Isabelle Arsenault, did I really think about the Mexican temporary workers who make this bounty possible. It’s something we should all think about.

— Sheila Barry, Publisher of Groundwood Books

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Lisa Moore will pick the perfect book for your summer goals

Want Lisa Moore to pick the perfect book for you this summer? Send your summer goals to contests@houseofanansi.com.

*Contest closes at midnight on June 19th. Canadian residents only please, excluding Quebec. Your entry may be read to the Internet by Lisa Moore.

Massey Lectures update: Neil Turok and The Universe Within


Massey Lectures Rebroadcast Details:

Tune in to CBC Radio One’s Ideas March 25-29 at 9:00 p.m. (9:30 p.m. in NFLD) to catch the rebroadcast of the 2012 Massey Lectures, The Universe Within: From Quantum to Cosmos by world-renowned physicist Neil Turok.

Watch Neil Turok on TVO’s Allan Gregg In Conversation:

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