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House of Anansi Press
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Founded1967 [1]
Founder Dennis Lee and Dave Godfrey [1]
Country of origin Canada [1]
Headquarters location Toronto [1]
Distribution University of Toronto Press Distribution in Canada, Publishers Group West in the United States [2]
Key peopleSemareh Al-Hillal (President) Leigh Nash (Publisher) [3]
ImprintsThe Massey Lectures, [4] Spiderline, [5] Anansi Poetry, [6] A List, [7] Arachnide, [8] Astoria, [9] Anansi International, [10] Groundwood Books
Official website [11]

House of Anansi Press is a Canadian publishing company, founded in 1967 by writers Dennis Lee and Dave Godfrey. The company specializes in finding and developing new Canadian writers of literary fiction, poetry, and non-fiction.


Anansi started as a small press with only one full-time employee, writer George Fetherling. It quickly gained attention for publishing significant authors such as Margaret Atwood, Matt Cohen, Michael Ondaatje, Marian Engel, Erín Moure, Paulette Jiles, George Grant and Northrop Frye. The company also published many translations of French language works by authors such as Roch Carrier, Anne Hébert, Lise Bissonnette and Marie-Claire Blais.

Anansi publishes the transcripts for many of the Massey Lectures. [12]

House of Anansi Press was purchased in 1989 by General Publishing, parent of Stoddart Publishing. [13] In June 2002 it was acquired by Scott Griffin, founder of the Griffin Poetry Prize.

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  1. ^ a b c d "- Anansi publishes very good books".
  2. ^ "Contact Us -".
  3. ^ "House of Anansi Press Announces New Publisher". 9 March 2022.
  4. ^ "Massey Lectures". House of Anansi Press.
  5. ^ Afterword (27 January 2012). "A Publisher's Year: A quest for Survival - National Post".
  6. ^ "Poetry (Chapbooks + Special Editions)". House of Anansi Press.
  7. ^ "Anansi's A List honours classic Canadian works | The Chronicle-Journal". Archived from the original on 2016-08-18.
  8. ^ "Arachnide Editions". House of Anansi Press.
  9. ^ Afterword (25 January 2013). "A Publisher's Year: Mastering the perilous trade - National Post".
  10. ^ "House of Anansi". The Canadian Encyclopedia. Retrieved August 30, 2019.
  11. ^ "Welcome to House of Anansi". House of Anansi Press.
  12. ^ Search results for Massey Lectures
  13. ^ Sandra Martin (2002-08-31). "Fall of the house of Stoddart". The Globe and Mail. Retrieved 2022-04-29.

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