House of Anansi Press

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House of Anansi Press
Founded 1967
Founder Dennis Lee and Dave Godfrey
Country of origin Canada
Headquarters location Toronto
Imprints Groundwood
Official website

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, Erin Mouré, 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.[citation needed]

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

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