The bestselling Canadian books for the week of May 1-7, 2022

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

Here are the bestselling Canadian books for May 1-7, 2022.

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

Canadian fiction | Canadian nonfiction | Canadian kids

Canadian fiction

Five Little Indians is a novel by Michelle Good. (HarperCollins, Silken Sellinger Photography)

Five Little Indians by Michelle Good is the #1 Canadian fiction book this week.

In Five Little Indians, Kenny, Lucy, Clara, Howie and Maisie were taken from their families and sent to a residential school when they were very small. Barely out of childhood, they leave school with nothing and are dropped into eastside Vancouver to start their adult lives. Fuelled by the trauma of their childhood, the five friends cross paths over the decades and struggle with the weight of their shared past. 

Five Little Indians by Michelle Good, championed by Christian Allaire, won Canada Reads 2022.

Five Little Indians also won the 2020 Governor General's Literary Award for fiction and the 2021 Amazon Canada First Novel Award.

See the full Canadian fiction list below.

  1. Five Little Indians by Michelle Good
  2. Sea of Tranquility by Emily St. John Mandel
  3. Framed in Fire by Iona Whishaw
  4. Scarborough by Catherine Hernandez
  5. The Maid by Nita Prose
  6. The Darkness in the Light by Daniel Kalla
  7. Mindful of Murder by Susan Juby
  8. The Vanished Days by Susanna Kearsley
  9. When We Lost Our Heads by Heather O'Neill
  10. Pure Colour by Sheila Heti

Canadian nonfiction

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

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

Biologist Suzanne Simard 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 scientific memoir, Finding the Mother Tree: Discovering the Wisdom of the Forest, describes her life and research. 

Suzanne Simard championed Life in the City of Dirty Water by Clayton Thomas-Müller on Canada Reads 2022.

 See the full Canadian nonfiction list below.

  1. Finding the Mother Tree by Suzanne Simard
  2. 21 Things You May Not Know About the Indian Act by Bob Joseph
  3. Run Towards the Danger by Sarah Polley
  4. The Little Book by Mykola Matwijczuk
  5. This is Assisted Dying by Stefanie Green
  6. Embers by Richard Wagamese
  7. Kiss the Red Stairs by Marsha Lederman
  8. 305 Lost Buildings of Canada by Raymond Biesinger & Alex Bozikovic
  9. Permanent Astonishment by Tomson Highway
  10. Life in the City of Dirty Water by Clayton Thomas-Müller

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 Great Bear by David A. Robertson
  4. Beatrice and Croc Harry by Lawrence Hill
  5. Love You Forever by Robert Munsch, illustrated by Sheila McGraw
  6. Sparks! Future Purrfect by Ian Boothby, illustrated by Nina Matsumoto
  7. Hunting by Stars by Cherie Dimaline
  8. Iron Widow by Xiran Jay Zhao
  9. You Know, Sex by Cory Silverberg, illustrated by Fiona Smyth
  10. The Paper Bag Princess by Robert Munsch, illustrated by Michael Martchenko

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