Dennis Lee and House of Anansi: A Celebration

Margaret Atwood, Robert Bringhurst, Dennis Lee, Steven Price, Jan Zwicky

Dennis Lee and House of Anansi: A Celebration

Host: Brian Brett and Sarah MacLachlan

Event Number: 90
Tickets: $20.00

Dennis Lee and House of Anansi: A Celebration

Margaret Atwood, Robert Bringhurst, Dennis Lee, Steven Price, Jan Zwicky

Sunday, October 22
1:30pm - 3:00pm
Waterfront Theatre

1412 Cartwright St.

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This year marks both House of Anansi’s fiftieth anniversary as an independent publisher and the publication of Dennis Lee’s collected poems, Heart Residence, which also span half a century, from 1967 to 2017. How are these two occasions linked? Lee co-founded the press in 1967 and published future stars like Margaret Atwood, Marian Engel, Michael Ondaatje, Matt Cohen, Austin Clarke and Graeme Gibson. A rising star himself at the time, Lee went on to win nearly every literary prize Canada offers, including the Governor General’s Award and the Vicky Metcalf Award for his body of work for children. Join this cast of literary luminaries as they swap stories, tell tales, celebrate one of Canada’s finest and serve up many a metaphorical slice of Alligator Pie.

This event is organized in collaboration with the Canada Council for the Arts to celebrate the finalists and winners of the Governor General’s Literary Awards.

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Event Participants:

Margaret Atwood


Margaret Atwood is an author, literary critic, playwright, cartoonist, illustrator, puppeteer and environmental activist. She has written more than forty books of fiction, critical essays, poetry and children’s literature. Atwood’s works have been published in more than forty languages and she has received numerous awards from around the world. She is renowned for the Man Booker Prize-winning The Blind Assassin and the MaddAddam trilogy. Her most recent works include the next in the graphic novel series Angel Catbird, and Hagseed, a retelling of Shakespeare’s The Tempest. Atwood’s novel, The Handmaid’s Tale, has been recently turned into a television series by Hulu.


Dennis Lee


Dennis Lee is a teacher, editor, critic, poet and literary icon. He is a Governor General’s Award winner, an Officer of the Order of Canada and the author of more than 30 books. Lee was the first poet laureate of Toronto and has served as a writer-in-residence for a number of universities. He also worked as a songwriter on the television program, Fraggle Rock. This year, a collection of his poetry from 1967-2017 is being released, entitled Heart Residence. His incredible range of styles and depth of emotion has touched people of all ages throughout his career.

Jan Zwicky

British Columbia

Jan Zwicky has published more than a dozen books of poetry and prose and is the winner of the Governor General’s Award for poetry and the Dorothy Livesay Prize. As a poet, philosopher, essayist, musician and teacher, she has established a reputation as one of Canada’s most innovative thinkers. Zwicky has taught philosophy, interdisciplinary humanities, English and creative writing at universities across Canada. In her new poetry collection The Long Walk, Zwicky examines the cataclysmic effects of climate change on both the environment and the human spirit.