Anna Porter

Anna Maria Porter,[1] OC OOnt is a Canadian publisher and novelist.

Anna Porter
Anna Maria Szigethy

OccupationPublisher, writer
Spouse(s)Julian Porter

Life and career

Born Anna Szigethy in Budapest, she emigrated to New Zealand in 1956. She received a bachelor's degree and Master of Arts degree from the University of Canterbury. She started at McClelland & Stewart in 1969 and became president and publisher of Seal Books. In 1982, she founded Key Porter Books and in 1986 she purchased a majority stake in Doubleday Canada. She remains one of the most respected publishing professionals.

In 2004, she was appointed to the Board of Governors of York University.

In 1991, she was made an Officer of the Order of Canada for being "instrumental in bringing Canadian titles to the attention of the international market place".[2] In 2003, she was awarded the Order of Ontario. She has been awarded honorary degrees from Ryerson University, St. Mary's University, and the Law Society of Upper Canada.

In 2004 Porter sold her interest in Key Porter Books to focus on writing. She has published three mystery novels and three books on Middle European history. Her most recent book is The Ghosts of Europe, published in September, 2010.[3]

She is married to the lawyer Julian Porter, and currently lives in Toronto, Ontario.

Selected works

  • Farewell to the 70's: a Canadian salute to a confusing decade (1979)
  • Hidden Agenda (1985)
  • Mortal Sins (1987)
  • The Bookfair Murders (1997)
  • The Storyteller: memory, secrets, magic and lies (2000)
  • Kasztner's Train: the true story of an unknown hero of the Holocaust (2007)
  • The Ghosts of Europe: journeys through central Europe's troubled past and uncertain future (2010)
  • Buying a Better World: George Soros and billionaire philanthropy (2015, Dundurn Press)
  • The Appraisal (2017)
  • In Other Words: How I Fell in Love with Canada One Book at a Time (2018)

Awards and honours


  • "Women in the Canadian book trade". Archived from the original on 2006-02-27. Retrieved March 3, 2006.
  • "York University profile". Retrieved March 3, 2006.
  • "Women's Post Profile". Retrieved October 19, 2007.
  1. "Anna Porter". Retrieved 16 December 2015.
  2. Order of Canada citation
  3. MacSkimming, Roy. "Anna Porter's latest phase", Quill & Quire, 76.8 (2010): 13.
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