What's in the Water at 110 Spadina Ave.
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What’s in the Water at 110 Spadina Ave.

2006_10_16deniro.jpgAnd where can we get some? 110 Spadina Ave. is the building that houses the House of Anansi Press among other things. The medium-sized publisher is having an amazing year. First was the news that two of their books, Rawi Hage’s De Niro’s Game and Gaetan Soucy’s the Immaculate Conception, made it on to the weirdest Giller shortlist in years. Then this morning the boys and girls at Anansi got even more good news. Hage’s debut novel about the Lebanese civil war was also picked for the Governor General’s shortlist and Peter Behren’s the Law of Dreams also got the thumbs up from the GG.
Anansi’s strength seems to be tapping into Montreal’s literary scene. All three books are by Montreal authors (Behrens has moved down to Maine but is from Montreal), one of them is a translation and finding and publishing Rawi Hage’s novel is a literary coup that’s quite significant. We think their company slogan says it all, “Anansi Publishes Very Good Books.” They sure do.
[ed. note: Upon closer inspection we realized that House of Anansi actually got EIGHT GG nominations, we neglected to look at the nominations for poetry, children’s illustration and writing and translation]