The bestselling Canadian books for the week of Jan. 12-18, 2020

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

Here are the bestselling Canadian books for Jan. 12-18, 2020.

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

Canadian fiction | Canadian nonfiction | Canadian kids

Canadian fiction

Margaret Atwood is the author of The Testaments. (McClelland & Stewart)

The Testaments by Margaret Atwood is the #1 Canadian fiction book this week.

The Testaments is set 15 years after the events of The Handmaid's Tale and includes the "explosive testaments" of three women. It promises to answer readers' questions on the inner workings of Gilead, the oppressive dystopia where Offred, the novel's original narrator, was stripped of her freedoms and forced to be a handmaid for powerful men.

See the full Canadian fiction list below.

  1. The Testaments by Margaret Atwood
  2. The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood
  3. Reproduction by Ian Williams
  4. Five Wives by Joan Thomas
  5. The Innocents by Michael Crummey
  6. Split Tooth by Tanya Tagaq
  7. Women Talking by Miriam Toews
  8. Greenwood by Michael Christie
  9. Washington Black by Esi Edugyan
  10. Recipe for a Perfect Wife by Karma Brown

Canadian nonfiction

Malcolm Gladwell Talking to Strangers (Celeste Sloman, Hachette Book Group Canada)

Talking to Strangers by Malcolm Gladwell is the #1 Canadian nonfiction book this week.

Talking to Strangers explores how we interact with people we don't know, and the impact of the assumptions we bring to these conversations. Gladwell uses anecdotes and a narrative voice to examine how societal structures shape human behaviour, including decision-making and the spread of ideas.

See the full Canadian nonfiction list below.

  1. Talking to Strangers by Malcolm Gladwell
  2. One Drum by Richard Wagamese
  3. From the Ashes by Jesse Thistle
  4. Embers by Richard Wagamese
  5. 21 Things You May Not Know About the Indian Act by Bob Joseph
  6. Truth Be Told by Beverley McLachlin
  7. Scotty by Ken Dryden
  8. On Fire by Naomi Klein
  9. To Speak for the Trees by Diana Beresford-Kroeger
  10. Beyond the Trees by Adam Shoalts

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 Paper Bag Princess by Robert Munsch, illustrated by Michael Martchenko
  3. Love You Forever by Robert Munsch, illustrated by Sheila McGraw
  4. Sharon, Lois and Bram's Skinnamarink by Sharon Hampson, Lois Lilienstein and Bram Morrison, with Randi Hampson, illustrated by Qin Leng
  5. The Girl and the Wolf by Katherena Vermette, illustrated by Julie Flett
  6. Sweep by Jonathan Auxier
  7. Small in the City by Sydney Smith
  8. Me and Banksy by Tanya Lloyd Kyi
  9. No Fixed Address by Susin Nielsen
  10. Heartwood Hotel Book 1: A True Home by Kallie George, illustrated by Stephanie Graegin


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