The bestselling Canadian books for the week of Aug. 29-Sept. 4, 2021

Bestseller lists are compiled by Bookmanager using weekly sales stats from over 260 Canadian independent stores.

Here are the bestselling Canadian books for Aug. 29-Sept. 4, 2021.

Bestseller lists are compiled by Bookmanager using weekly sales stats from over 260 Canadian independent stores.

Canadian fiction | Canadian nonfiction | Canadian kids

Canadian fiction

The Madness of Crowds is a novel by Louise Penny. (Raincoast Books, Jean-Francois Berube)

The Madness of the Crowds by Louise Penny is the #1 Canadian fiction book this week.

In The Madness of Crowds, the latest book in the Armand Gamache series, the Chief Inspector's family holiday is interrupted by a simple request. He's asked to provide security for a visiting Professor of Statistics who will be giving a lecture at a nearby university. But he soon discovers the professor's agenda, one so repulsive he begs the university to cancel the lecture, to no avail. They accuse Gamache of censorship and intellectual cowardice. Before long, the professor's views start seeping into conversations and it becomes nearly impossible to tell truth, reality and delusion apart.

See the full Canadian fiction list below.

  1. The Madness of the Crowds by Louise Penny
  2. Fight Night by Miriam Toews
  3. Five Little Indians by Michelle Good
  4. Operation Angus by Terry Fallis
  5. Indians on Vacation by Thomas King
  6. Indian Horse by Richard Wagamese
  7. The Spectacular by Zoe Whittall
  8. The Winter Wives by Linden MacIntyre
  9. Jonny Appleseed by Joshua Whitehead
  10. The Pull of the Stars by Emma Donoghue

Canadian nonfiction

Finding the Mother Tree is a memoir by Suzanne Simard. (Bill Heath, Allen Lane)

Finding the Mother Tree by Suzanne Simard is the #1 Canadian nonfiction book this week.

If you've ever walked through the forest and heard the whispering of the trees, it's easy to imagine that there's conversation happening — that there's a kind of intelligence in the community of the forest. Simard, who is a biologist, discovered the reality of the interconnection and intelligence of the forest. She's been able to find out that the trees are indeed whispering to each other — communicating not through the wind, but through the soil. Her new scientific memoir, Finding the Mother Tree: Discovering the Wisdom of the Forest, describes her life and research. 

 See the full Canadian nonfiction list below.

  1. Finding the Mother Tree by Suzanne Simard
  2. The Inconvenient Indian by Thomas King
  3. From the Ashes by Jesse Thistle
  4. Seven Fallen Feathers by Tanya Talaga
  5. 21 Things You May Not Know About the Indian Act by Bob Joseph
  6. Embers by Richard Wagamese
  7. A History of My Brief Body by Billy-Ray Belcourt
  8. The Menopause Manifesto by Dr. Jen Gunter
  9. The Bomber Mafia by Malcolm Gladwell
  10. Wilful Blindness by Sam Cooper                  

Canadian kids

Cherie Dimaline is the author of The Marrow Thieves. (Peter Power/CBC, Dancing Cat Books)

The Marrow Thieves by Cherie Dimaline is the #1 Canadian kids book this week.

In the dystopian world of The Marrow Thieves, climate change has ravaged the Earth and a continent-wide hunt and slaughter of Indigenous people is underway. Wanted for their bone marrow, which contains the lost ability to dream, a group of Indigenous people seek refuge in the old lands. 

See the full Canadian kids book list below.

  1. The Marrow Thieves by Cherie Dimaline
  2. The Barren Grounds by David A. Robertson
  3. The Bug Club by Elise Gravel
  4. The Orange Shirt Story by Phyllis Webstad, illustrated by Brock Nicol
  5. The Paper Bag Princess by Robert Munsch, illustrated by Michael Martchenko
  6. Phyllis's Orange Shirt by Phyllis Webstad, illustrated by Brock Nicol
  7. Beyond the Orange Shirt Story by Phyllis Webstad              
  8. Sometimes I Feel Like a Fox by Danielle Daniel     
  9. Love You Forever by Robert Munsch, illustrated by Sheila McGraw    
  10. Treaty Words by Aimée Craft, illustrated by Luke Swinson

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