Open a book this minute and start reading. Don’t move until you’ve reached page fifty. Until you’ve buried your thoughts in print. Cover yourself with words. Wash yourself away. Dissolve. Carol Shields Republic of Love

Blanche Howard’s The Ice Maiden (2015)

Please welcome back ReaderWoman, who has bookchatted here before, as part of the House of Anansi 45 reading celebration of indie presses and bookshops. (You can search for her posts using the tag GuestPost.)

She has been reading (among other good things, which you can discover here) Blanche Howard’s posthumously published The Ice Maiden (available […]


Another kind of storytelling: Born Liars

You haven’t heard from him much lately, I know. But once upon a time (well, this theme is all about storytelling, right?), Mr BIP was a strong presence in these lands. Some of you might remember when he won a cheerleading award for Dewey’s Read-a-Thon, though lately he’s been reading more than cheering.

Nonetheless, he […]


Diana Athill’s Midsummer Night in the Workhouse (2011)

Still haven’ t met Sandra? I briefly introduced her here, and she has contributed four posts to this 45 Days of House of Anansi Project. This will be her last appearance here in this capacity, but you will continue to see her in the comments sections, so please watch and see when the link to […]


Deborah Levy’s Swimming Home (2012)

This is Sandra’s third post here, joining in the celebration of 45 days of House of Anansi; I introduced her, here, briefly, and she is now full-on in the process of organizing her own website/blog (not sure which will better characterize it). You may have had a hand in encouraging her in this madness!

Please […]


A reader’s response to Alix Ohlin’s Signs and Wonders (2012)

Wondering who Sandra is, and why she’s sharing her thoughts about these stories here? I briefly introduced her the other day, and she has read two other Anansi works, which she will be chatting about, before this month’s end.

Read on: it seems that this collection was, indeed, a wonder, if not also a sign.



Peter Hobbs’ In the Orchard the Swallows (2012)

Project Notes: Approaching the halfway point (Day 21 of 45), I still have books half-read and pieces unpolished. But fortunately my enthusiasm for this project has spread and another Anansi reader has offered her thoughts on a few of her favourite books in their catalogue. Sandra has been commenting here for some time now and although […]