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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An Anansi Reader — August 2009

Teri Vlassopoulos

Meet Teri Vlassopoulos!

Anansi: Tell us a bit about yourself and your blog.

Teri: I live in Montreal where I work in accounting, but spend a significant amount of time writing, thinking about writing, or reading. And as someone who came of age in an era of personal documentation (through zines, personal websites, etc.), I’m continually compelled to document what I come across.

Anansi: You used to make zines, a creative and intimate process for the designer. Do you have any thoughts about ebooks, and the experience of reading off an impartial (for lack of a better word) surface?

Teri: I haven’t given ebooks enough of a chance to fairly assess their merits, but I’m also not ready or interested in learning more about them. I have a backlog of books on my bookshelves at home; I have books to borrow and trade with friends; I have independent bookstores that need my support (R.I.P. Pages in Toronto); and, I have access to a fantastic public library — Why do I need ebooks? Like many hardcore readers, I love the physical act of pulling a book off the shelf or creasing the spines on my metro rides to work. And I appreciate a good-looking book. There is something so thrilling about effective design (the cover illustration, the paper texture, the choice of font). I’m not ready to give this up or exchange it for another experience. Maybe eventually I’ll stop feeling so stubborn, but not right now.

Anansi: Do you have any favourite Anansi authors or books?

Teri: The Newfoundlanders — Michael Winter (especially This All Happened) and Lisa Moore. I’ve learned so much reading Lisa Moore’s short stories, particularly the ones in Degrees of Nakedness, which still astound me.

Anansi: Where can we find you on the Interwebs?

Teri: I have a series of erratically updated blogs collected at www.bibliographic.net/teri. I’d also like to point you in the direction of Tightrope Books, who just published She’s Shameless: Women Write about Growing Up, Rocking Out and Fighting Back, and Invisible Publishing, who published the anthology The Art of Trespassing. I have essays included in each. But you’ll have to them in regular book form — they’re not available as ebooks!

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