The bestselling Canadian books for the week of Feb. 7-13, 2021

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

Here are the bestselling Canadian books for Feb. 7-13, 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

Butter Honey Pig Bread is a novel by Francesca Ekwuyasi. (Monica Phung, Arsenal Pulp Press)

Butter Honey Pig Bread by Francesca Ekwuyasi is the #1 Canadian fiction book in Canada.

Butter Honey Pig Bread is a novel about twin sisters Kehinde and Taiye and their mother, Kambirinachi. Kambirinachi believes she was a spirit who was supposed to die as a small child. By staying alive, she is cursing her family — a fear that appears to come true when Kehinde experiences something that tears the family apart, and divides the twins for years. But when the three women connect years later, they must confront their past and find forgiveness.

Chef, TV host and recording artist Roger Mooking is championing Butter Honey Pig Bread on Canada Reads 2021.

See the full Canadian fiction list below.

  1. Butter Honey Pig Bread by Francesca Ekwuyasi
  2. The Push by Ashley Audrain
  3. Jonny Appleseed by Joshua Whitehead
  4. How to Pronounce Knife by Souvankham Thammavongsa
  5. Hench by Natalie Zina Walschots
  6. The Glass Hotel by Emily St. John Mandel
  7. Gutter Child by Jael Richardson
  8. home body by Rupi Kaur
  9. Our Darkest Night by Jennifer Robson
  10. Indians on Vacation by Thomas King

Canadian nonfiction

Two Trees Make a Forest is a book by Jessica J. Lee. (Hamish Hamilton, Ricardo A. Rivas)

Two Trees Make a Forest by Jessica J. Lee is the #1 Canadian nonfiction book this week.

Two Trees Make a Forest explores how geographical forces are interlaced with our family stories. A chance discovery of letters written by her immigrant grandfather leads Lee to her ancestral homeland, Taiwan. There, she traces his story while growing closer to the land he knew. Throughout her adventures, Lee uncovers surprising parallels between nature and human stories that shaped her family and their beloved island. She also turns a critical eye on colonialist explorers who mapped the land and named plants, and both relied on and often erased the labour and knowledge of local communities.

Two Trees Make a Forest won the 2020 Hilary Weston Writers' Trust Prize for Nonfiction.

It will be championed by Scott Helman on Canada Reads 2021.

 See the full Canadian nonfiction list below.

  1. Two Trees Make a Forest by Jessica J. Lee
  2. The Skin We're In by Desmond Cole
  3. 21 Things You May Not Know About the Indian Act by Bob Joseph
  4. From the Ashes by Jesse Thistle
  5. Embers by Richard Wagamese
  6. The Inconvenient Indian by Thomas King
  7. If I Knew Then by Jann Arden
  8. The Company by Stephen R. Bown
  9. A History of My Brief Body by Billy-Ray Belcourt
  10. Policing Black Lives by Robyn Maynard

Canadian kids

The Barren Grounds is a middle-grade novel by David A. Robertson (Puffin, Amber Green)

The Barren Grounds by David A. Robertson is the #1 Canadian kids book this week.

The Barren Grounds is the first book of a new middle-grade series by David A. Robertson. It is set in Winnipeg where two Indigenous kids, Morgan and Eli, are placed in a new foster home. The pair feel out of place and disconnected in their new surroundings — until they uncover a secret portal in the attic that opens up to a magical reality. The frozen barren grounds they find set the pair on a mission of survival and self-determination.

See the full Canadian kids book list below.

  1. The Barren Grounds by David A. Robertson
  2. The Marrow Thieves by Cherie Dimaline
  3. Love You Forever by Robert Munsch, illustrated by Sheila McGraw
  4. Little You by Richard Van Camp, illustrated by Julie Flett
  5. One Eagle Soaring by Roy Henry Vickers, illustrated by Robert Budd
  6. My Heart Fills With Happiness by Monique Gray Smith, illustrated by Julie Flett
  7. Sometimes I Feel Like a Fox by Danielle Daniel
  8. The Paper Bag Princess by Robert Munsch, illustrated by Michael Martchenko
  9. The Barnabus Project by the Fan Brothers
  10. Birdsong by Julie Flett

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