The Anansi Reader: Forty Years of Very Good Books

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Lynn Coady
House of Anansi, 2007 - 389 trang
In 1967, then-unknown writers David Godfrey and Dennis Lee founded a small press they grandly named ̉The House of Anansi,Ó after an African trickster spider-god. Their goal was to publish groundbreaking new Canadian work in three core genres: literary fiction, poetry, and topical nonfiction. Forty years later, Anansi is not only going strong but enjoying a fascinating creative renaissance, bolstered by both its important backlist and its renewed commitment to seeking out the best new writers and ideas to publish alongside its established ones. Assembled by award-winning writer Lynn Coady, The Anansi Reader features excerpts from ten of the best books from each decade of the existence of the press, for a total of 40 entries. Samples from Lynn Crosbie's Queen Rat, Northrop Frye's The Educated Imagination, and Kevin Connelly's Drift are among the treasures included. In a thoughtful coda, Coady shows readers the future with selections from seven exciting works-in-progress coming from Anansi in the next two years.
 

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Introduction by Lynn Coady
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196777
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Winter of the Luna Moth 1968
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Beware the Months of Fire 1974
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Mark Satin excerpt from Manual for DraftAge
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Graeme Gibson excerpt from Five Legs 1969
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Ray Smith excerpt from Cape Breton is the ThoughtControl Centre of Canada 1969
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Marian Engel excerpt from The Honeyman Festival 1970
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198797
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Erín Moure excerpt from Furious 1988
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Daphne Marlatt excerpt from Ana Historic 1988
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Noam Chomsky excerpt from Necessary Illusions 1989
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Charles Taylor excerpt from The Malaise of Modernity 1991
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Steven Heighton excerpt from
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John Ralston Saul excerpt from
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MarieClaire Blais excerpt from These Festive Nights 1997
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Austin Clarke excerpt from When He Was Young and Free He Used to Wear Silks 1971
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Harold Sonny Ladoo excerpt from No Pain Like This Body 1972
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Wayland Drew excerpt from The Wabeno Feast 1973
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Anne Hébert excerpt from Kamouraska 1973
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197787
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John Thompson excerpt from Stilt Jack 1978
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Roch Carrier excerpt from The Hockey Sweater and Other Stories 1979
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Kristjana Gunnars excerpt from WakePick Poems 1981
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Rachel Wyatt excerpt from Foreign Bodies 1982
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Margaret Atwood excerpt from Second Words 1982
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Jacques Ferron excerpt from Selected Tales 1984
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Christopher Dewdney excerpt from The Immaculate Perception 1986
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Don Domanski excerpt from Hammerstroke 1986
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George Grant excerpt from Technology and Justice 1986
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The Runaway College 1987
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Esta Spalding excerpt from Anchoress 1997
227
19972007
237
Gaétan Soucy excerpt from The Little Girl
274
Sheila Heti excerpt from The Middle Stories 2001
281
Michael Winter excerpt from The Big Why 2004
292
A L Kennedy excerpt from Paradise 2004
301
Ronald Wright excerpt from
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Lisa Moore excerpt from Alligator 2005
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Rawi Hage excerpt from Cockroach 2008
329
Elise Partridge excerpt from Chameleon Hours 2008
336
Patrick Brown excerpt from Butterfly Mind 2008
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Shani Mootoo excerpt from Vivekas Story 2009
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Lisa Moore excerpt from novel in progress 2009
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Index of Authors
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Lynn Coady is the author of the bestselling novel The Antagonist, which was a finalist for the Scotiabank Giller Prize, as well as the novels Mean Boy, Saints of Big Harbour, and Strange Heaven and the short story collection Play the Monster Blind. She has been shortlisted for the Governor General's Literary Award and the Stephen Leacock Medal for Humour, and has four times made the Globe and Mail's annual list of Top 100 Books. Originally from Cape Breton, she now lives in Edmonton, Alberta, where she is a founding and senior editor of the award-winning magazine Eighteen Bridges.

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