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The Anansi reader : forty years of very good books

Author: Lynn Coady
Publisher: Toronto : Anansi, 2007.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Mixed form : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"In 1967, then-unknown writers David Godfrey and Dennis Lee founded a tiny press they grandly named "The House of Anansi," after an African trickster spider-god (Godfrey was fresh from a trip to West Africa). Their goal was unprecedented and seemingly crazy: to publish new work by Canadian writers in three genres - literary fiction, poetry, and intelligent nonfiction. Publishers at the British- and American-owned  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Lynn Coady
ISBN: 9780887847752 0887847757
OCLC Number: 150223067
Notes: Includes index.
Description: 389 p. ; 22 cm.
Responsibility: edited by Lynn Coady.

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"In 1967, then-unknown writers David Godfrey and Dennis Lee founded a tiny press they grandly named "The House of Anansi," after an African trickster spider-god (Godfrey was fresh from a trip to West Africa). Their goal was unprecedented and seemingly crazy: to publish new work by Canadian writers in three genres - literary fiction, poetry, and intelligent nonfiction. Publishers at the British- and American-owned houses that dominated the Canadian literary scene are said to have given the enterprise eighteen months at best. Forty years later, Anansi is not only going strong, it is enjoying a fascinating creative renaissance, bolstered in part by the strength of its rich backlist and in part by its renewed independence and commitment to seeking out the best new writers to publish alongside established, now-iconic ones." "Here, in this reader, Lynn Coady has gathered excerpts from influential Anansi books - a mix of fiction, poetry, and nonfiction - that comprise ten entries from each decade of the press's existence. She also gives us a glimpse of the future: excerpts from seven exciting works-in-progress to be published within the next two years."--BOOK JACKET.

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