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The bestselling Canadian books for the week of May 31-June 5, 2021

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

Here are the bestselling Canadian books for May 31-June 5, 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

Five Little Indians is a novel by Michelle Good. (HarperCollins Canada, Candice Camille)

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 are released and left to contend with the seedy world of eastside Vancouver. 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 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. Sufferance by Thomas King
  3. Jonny Appleseed by Joshua Whitehead
  4. Not Dark Yet by Peter Robinson
  5. Butter Honey Pig Bread by Francesca Ekwuyasi
  6. A Lethal Lesson by Iona Whishaw
  7. Lost Immunity by Daniel Kalla
  8. Find You First by Linwood Barclay
  9. How to Pronounce Knife by Souvankham Thammavongsa
  10. Return of the Trickster by Eden Robinson

Canadian nonfiction

The Menopause Manifesto is a book by Dr. Jen Gunter. (Random House Canada, Jason LeCras)

The Menopause Manifesto by Dr. Jen Gunter is the #1 Canadian nonfiction book this week.

Gunter, the ob-gyn who has gained a following thanks to her Twitter commentary on health issues, tackles menopause in her latest book. The Menopause Manifesto tackles menopause head on, explaining what happens to women's bodies, while debunking myths and misconceptions and offering women a frank and clear guide to this phase of their lives.

 See the full Canadian nonfiction list below.

  1. The Menopause Manifesto by Dr. Jen Gunter
  2. Finding the Mother Tree by Suzanne Simard
  3. 21 Things You May Not Know About the Indian Act by Bob Joseph
  4. Yearbook by Seth Rogen
  5. The Bomber Mafia by Malcolm Gladwell
  6. Nishga by Jordan Abel
  7. The Inconvenient Indian by Thomas King
  8. From the Ashes by Jesse Thistle
  9. Call Me Indian by Fred Sasakamoose
  10. Embers by Richard Wagamese

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. 

The Marrow Thieves won the Governor General's Literary Award for children's text in 2017 and was defended by Jully Black on Canada Reads 2018.

See the full Canadian kids book list below.

  1. The Marrow Thieves by Cherie Dimaline
  2. When We Were Alone by David A. Robertson, illustrated by Julie Flett
  3. We All Play by Julie Flett
  4. The Rock from the Sky by Jon Klassen
  5. Treaty Words by Aimée Craft, illustrated by Luke Swinson
  6. The Barren Grounds by David A. Robertson
  7. On the Trapline by David A. Robertson, illustrated by Julie Flett
  8. Thrive by Kenneth Oppel
  9. I Am Not a Number by Jenny Kay Dupuis & Kathy Kacer, illustrated by Gillian Newland
  10. My Heart Fills with Happiness by Monique Gray Smith, illustrated by Julie Flett

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