Contemporary Canadian Literature with a Distinctly Urban Twist

Anvil Press

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Hello, and thanks for dropping by! As we move into Year Two of the global pandemic we find ourselves spending more and more hours indoors and, in some cases, in isolation. In times of need, art is a great solace. Music, movies, a virtual art gallery visit, curling up with a good book — all of these activities give us time to reflect and absorb. Here at Anvil we’re continuing to push ahead with our schedule of books, and we hope you’ll drop by every now and again to see what new titles we have to offer. We encourage you to support your small Indie bookstore whenever possible. However, if you’re having trouble getting your hands on any of our titles, feel free to order books directly, here, from our online bookstore. We shall continue to offer readers our 30% Isolation Discount until the pandemic is behind us. We’re shipping twice a week. We send out our very best and thoughtful wishes to you all. Stay safe, and happy reading!

Congratulations to Martin West, whose novel Long Ride Yellow has been selected as the 2018 ReLit Award winner, novel category.

“If there were a literary prize for most fascinating Canadian setting and central character, Long Ride Yellow, Martin West’s first novel, would surely make the short list.”
— The Toronto Star

And to . . .

Michael Blouin, whose novel Skin House has won the 2020 ReLit Award, novel category.

“The book is irreverent and saucy, unexpected and poignant, none of which gives it enough credit.”
— The Miramichi Reader

We were greatly saddened to learn of the passing of one of our poets, Jeff Steudel, on February 2nd. Son, father, husband, teacher, musician, soccer enthusiast, poet, Jeff touched many around him with his warm and generous demeanour. Jeff’s poetry was published in numerous literary journals, won the Ralph Gustafson Poetry Prize, and was a finalist for the CBC Literary Awards. It was a great honour to publish his sole poetry collection, Foreign Park, in 2015, and we shared in his joy when it was announced as a Finalist for the Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize (BC and Yukon Book Prizes). We wish we could have had the opportunity to publish more of Jeff’s fine work.

We were deeply saddened to receive the news that poet Michael Dennis passed away on December 31st. We were honoured to have published Bad Engine: New and Selected poems in 2017 and a new collection, Low Centre of Gravity, just last June. Besides being a poet, Michael was a generous and avid promoter of other poets. On his blog, Today’s Book of Poetry, he reviewed some 800 books of poetry over the past seven years. He was a mentor, an inspiration, and a friend to many other poets. His contribution to the discourse will be sorely missed.