House of Anansi announces new publisher

Leigh Nash (Johnny Cy Lam)

House of Anansi Press has announced that Leigh Nash will join the publisher next month.

Nash, who is currently an editor at Invisible Publishing and teaches book publishing at York University in the professional writing department, will join Anansi as an editor beginning April 19.

“I am beyond thrilled to join the talented team at House of Anansi,” Nash said in a statement. “Anansi’s books have long inspired me as a reader and publisher, and it’s an honor to have this opportunity to continue to build on the literary excellence of the press.”

Anansi Chairman and Acting Publisher Semareh Al-Hillal said Nash’s “experience, passion and ethos” matches the spirit of House of Anansi staff.

“We are building on the house’s legendary history as we move forward, in collaboration, with an innovative and passionate team,” Al-Hillal said in a statement. “I am delighted to have Leigh join us in shaping the future editorial direction of the house and I know our writers and staff will enjoy working with her.”

Bruce Walsh, who took over as editor after Sarah MacLachlan retired in 2020, stepped down in August 2021 to focus on his health.