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The bestselling Canadian books for the week of Nov. 14-20, 2021

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

Here are the bestselling Canadian books for Nov. 14-20, 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

State of Terror is a novel by Louise Penny, left, and Hillary Clinton, right. (Jean-Francois Berube, Simon & Schuster, Joe McNally)

State of Terror by Louise Penny and Hillary Rodham Clinton is the #1 Canadian fiction book this week.

In State of Terror, the president of a newly sworn in administration has chosen Ellen Adams, a political enemy, as his secretary of state. It's a canny move on his part, as he's effectively silenced one of his harshest critics. As the new president addresses Congress for the first time, with the secretary in attendance, a young foreign service officer receives a baffling text — and a series of terrorist attacks that follows is revealed to involve the volatile politics of Pakistan, Afghanistan and Iran, the Russian mob and an American government weakened on the world stage. Now, it's up to Adams and her team to defeat it.

See the full Canadian fiction list below.

  1. State of Terror by Louise Penny & Hillary Rodham Clinton
  2. What Strange Paradise by Omar El Akkad
  3. Five Little Indians by Michelle Good
  4. The Apollo Murders by Chris Hadfield
  5. Fight Night by Miriam Toews
  6. The Strangers by Katherena Vermette
  7. The Vinyl Cafe Celebrates by Stuart McLean
  8. The Madness of the Crowds by Louise Penny
  9. The Son of the House by Cheluchi Onyemelukwe-Onuobia
  10. The Listeners by Jordan Tannahill

Canadian nonfiction

Talking to Canadians is a book by Rick Mercer. (John Sturge, Penguin Random House)

Talking to Canadians by Rick Mercer is the #1 Canadian nonfiction book this week.

Mercer, the most private of public figures, has turned the spotlight on himself in Talking to Canadians. When the beloved comedian retired from his hugely successful TV show after 15 seasons, at the peak of its popularity, everyone wondered what he was going to do next. The answer came not long after, when he became a stand-up comedian, playing to sold-out houses wherever he appeared. 

 See the full Canadian nonfiction list below.

  1. Talking to Canadians by Rick Mercer
  2. Finding the Mother Tree by Suzanne Simard
  3. "Indian" in the Cabinet by Jody Wilson-Raybould
  4. Permanent Astonishment by Tomson Highway
  5. Richard Wagamese Selected, edited by Drew Hayden Taylor
  6. Off the Record by Peter Mansbridge
  7. 21 Things You May Not Know About the Indian Act by Bob Joseph
  8. Unreconciled by Jesse Wente
  9. Embers by Richard Wagamese
  10. My Best Mistake by Terry O'Reilly

Canadian kids

Hunting by Stars is a follow-up to Cherie Dimaline's YA novel The Marrow Thieves. (cheriedimaline.com, Penguin Teen)

Hunting by Stars by Cherie Dimaline is the #1 Canadian kids book this week.

Hunting by Stars takes place in the world of The Marrow Thieves, a post-apocalyptic North America where only Indigenous people have the ability to dream. Residential schools are re-established to capture and hold Indigenous people, and search for the secrets to dreaming in their bones. Hunting by Stars picks up on 17-year-old French, who wakes up in a pitch-black room. In The Marrow ThievesFrench lost his family to the residential schools and found a new family to travel with, while dodging the "Recruiters."

See the full Canadian kids book list below.

  1. Hunting by Stars by Cherie Dimaline
  2. The Marrow Thieves by Cherie Dimaline
  3. The Barren Grounds by David A. Robertson
  4. It Fell from the Sky by the Fan Brothers
  5. The Bug Club by Elise Gravel
  6. Iron Widow by Xiran Jay Zhao 
  7. The Great Bear by David A. Robertson
  8. Everybody! by Elise Gravel
  9. The Paper Bag Princess by Robert Munsch, illustrated by Michael Martchenko
  10. On the Trapline by David A. Robertson, illustrated by Julie Flett 

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