Inanna Publications firmly believes that feminist literature can change the world and enhance the lives of women everywhere:
“As we continue the ongoing work to defend equal political, economic and social rights for women globally, it is important to promote Canadian feminist literature that explores these themes from diverse women’s perspectives and sites of struggle; to elucidate what it means to be a woman living in Canada today, and how we, in turn, relate to the world.”
To change attitudes and sexist reading habits, it is necessary for visionary pieces of literature written, and about, women to become common thread. Inanna Publications and Education Inc. is a Canadian independent feminist press, one of the few in the country committed to publishing fiction, poetry, and creative non-fiction by and about women. They were founded in 1978 and were housed at York University until 1984. They publish one of Canada’s oldest feminist journalist, Canadian Woman Studies/les cahiers de la femme.
Their website explains that their priorities “are to publish literary books, in particularly by fresh, new Canadian voices, that are intellectually rigorous, speak to women’s hearts, and tell truths about the lives of the broad diversity of Canadian women—smart books for people who want to read and think about real women’s lives.”
In addition to acting as a publishing agency, Inanna is taking the world by force with their new campaign: #femlitcan. The initiative began in 2015 and builds off of the #ReadWomen hashtag established by the Guardian‘s Joanna Walsh in 2014 — what’s different is that #femlitcan is bringing attention to Canadian feminist writers and literature, specifically with the hope that it informs ongoing political and conversations conversations about women. Users who read or have interactions with feminist literature should feel free to tweet about their experiences or observations using this hashtag — spreading the word is the only way to create change.
Inanna publishes about 16-20 pieces of literature a year and only chooses work of the highest calibre. Here are some of the newest arrivals from their forthcoming spring 2016 collection:
The Dead Man, written by prize-winning author Nora Gold, tells the story of Eve, a music composer who is compelled to return to Israel to get over a brief relationship she had with world-famous music critic, and old beau, Jake. Throughout her travels, she stuggles to understand their complex relationship and complete a song cycle she started and hasn’t been able to finish. Gold tells a story of loss, love, grief, and the power of art in this compelling novel.
All of my Fallen Angelas is a collection of stories inspired by the lives of Italian-Canadian women living in Toronto from the 1960s to the present. These stories, which were written by Gianna Patriarca, don’t simply tell the stories of Italian-Canadian women — they are also exceptional pieces of literature that tell humourous, sometimes tragic, tales reflecting the pure essence of humanity.
What Happened to Tom is a psychologically and philosophical thriller that finds the main character, Tom, stuck in a situation analogous to an unwanted pregnancy. His body has been hijacked and turned into a human kidney dialysis machine. The author, feminist, writer, and philosopher Peg Tittle, uses Tom’s unique predicament as the ultimate allegory about women’s reproductive rights.
One Bead at a Time is the oral memoir of Beverly Little Thunder, a two-spirit Lakota Elder from Standing Rock, who has lived most of her life in service to Indigenous and non-indigenous women throughout North America. Little Thunder’s narrative is told verbatim by Sharron Proulx-Turner, a member of the Métis Nation of Alberta and two-spirit nokomis, mom, writer and community worker.
Eva Tihanyi tells the story of birth, death, and everything in between in her eighth volume of poetry The Largeness of Rescue. This piece of literature helps us travel along our own storyline by engaging with ourselves, the world, and taking the time to come to terms with our own humanity.
Inanna is currently offering a special promotion: 30 per cent off books on the website, using the promo code #femlitcan. Take advantage of this promo before it ends on June 30, 2016. The spring collection becomes available in April and May 2016. Want to know more about the books published by Inanna, check out their trade and academic catalogues.