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House of Anansi Press Inc.
  • 128 Sterling Rd
  • M6R2B7

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Industries Classification:
511130  Book Publishers
Total Sales ($CDN):
$1,000,000 to $4,999,999
Updated on:
2017-10-10,  Industry Canada
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House of Anansi Press Inc.

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HOUSE OF ANANSI PRESS House of Anansi Press was founded in 1967 by writers Dennis Lee and David Godfrey. Anansi started as a small press with a mandate to publish only Canadian writers, and quickly gained attention for publishing significant authors such as Margaret Atwood, Matt Cohen, Michael Ondaatje, and Erín Moure, as well as George Grant and Northrop Frye. In June 2002, House of Anansi was purchased from Stoddart Publishing by Scott Griffin, the founder of the prestigious Griffin Poetry Prize. Today, the company specializes in finding and developing Canada's great new writers of literary fiction, poetry, and nonfiction, while maintaining a culturally significant backlist that has accumulated in the 45 years since the house was founded. Anansi books have been regularly recognized by prize juries at home and abroad, including appearances on the longlists and shortlists of all major Canadian prizes as well as the Man Booker Prize, the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, and the Commonwealth Writers' Prize. In recent years, Anansi titles have won the Governor General's Literary Award, the Griffin Poetry Prize, the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, the A. M. Klein Poetry Prize, the Pat Lowther Memorial Award, the Gerald Lampert Memorial Award, and the Trillium Book Award. In 2005, Anansi expanded its business by acquiring the venerable children's publisher Groundwood Books. In 2010, the company launched Spiderline, a new imprint dedicated to the ever-popular crime fiction genre. In the same year, another imprint, Anansi International, was started to reflect the company's commitment to publishing the best voices from around the world. GROUNDWOOD BOOKS Groundwood Books, established in 1978, is dedicated to the production of children’s books for all ages, including fiction, picture books and nonfiction. We publish in Canada and the United States. Our books aim to be of the highest possible quality in both language and illustration. Our primary focus has been on works by Canadians, though we sometimes also buy outstanding books from other countries. Many of our books tell the stories of people whose voices are not always heard. Books by the First Peoples of this hemisphere have always been a special interest, as have those of others who through circumstance have been marginalized and whose contribution to our society is not always visible. Since 1998 we have been publishing works by people of Latin American origin living in the Americas both in English and in Spanish under our Libros Tigrillo imprint. We believe that by reflecting intensely individual experiences, our books are of universal interest. The fact that our authors are published around the world attests to this and to their quality. Even more important, our books are read and loved by children all over the globe.



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