Contemporary Canadian Literature with a Distinctly Urban Twist

Anvil Press

The Book As Art Object

“From the font to the cover design to the paper grade, it is a stunning object … it’s just like Anvil Press—the press that comes closest to being Canada’s answer to Brooklyn’s Soft Skull fiction line—to care about the book as art object time and again.”
Globe & Mail (in a review of Animal by Alexandra Leggat)

The Real Deal

“clever, concise writing – no superfluous flowery shit. To the point, bold, matter of fact.”
—OttawaXpress (on Matthew Firth’s Shag Carpet Action)


“one of the country’s most enduring venues for audacious writing.”
—BC BookWorld

Social Awareness

A Room In the City, the photos of Gabor Gasztonyi, Finalist for The George Ryga Award for Social Awareness in Literature.

Burgess Wins!

Tony Burgess is the winner of the 2011 ReLit Award (short fiction category) for Ravenna Gets.

Finalist for Governor General's Award for Translation

David Scott Hamilton, Governor General’s Award Finalist for his translation of Paradis, Clef en main (Exit) the final novel by Quebec author Nelly Arcan.

Afflictions & Departures receives Finalist nomination!

Madeline Sonik receives finalist nomination for The 2012 Charles Taylor Prize for Literary Non-Fiction for her memoir, Afflictions & Departures. Afflictions & Departures was also nominated for the prestigious BC National Award for Canadian Non-Fiction, one of Canada’s largest literary non-fiction prizes.

Vs. is a knock-out

Vs. by Kerry Ryan, finalist for the Acorn-Plantos Award for People’s Poetry.

Animal a Trillium Finalist

June 1, 2010: Congratulations to Alexandra Leggat, Finalist for the Trillium Book Award for her short story collection, Animal.