The bestselling Canadian books for the week of Nov. 8-14, 2020

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

Here are the bestselling Canadian books for Nov. 8-14, 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

How to Pronounce Knife is a novel by Souvankham Thammavongsa. (Sarah Bodri, McClelland & Stewart)

How to Pronounce Knife is a collection of idiosyncratic and diverse stories, from a young man painting nails in a salon, to a housewife learning English from soap-operas. Capturing the daily lives of immigrants, Souvankham Thammavongsa captures their hopes, disappointments, trauma and acts of defiance.

How to Pronounce Knife won the 2020 Scotiabank Giller Prize.

Thammavongsa is a writer and poet. Her stories have won an O. Henry Award and appeared in Harper's, Granta, The Paris Review and NOON. She has published four books of poetry, including 2019's ClusterCBC Books named Thammavongsa a writer to watch in 2020. 

See the full Canadian fiction list below.

  1. How to Pronounce Knife by Souvankham Thammavongsa
  2. The Glass Hotel by Emily St. John Mandel
  3. Dearly by Margaret Atwood
  4. Indians on Vacation by Thomas King
  5. All the Devils are Here by Louise Penny
  6. The Pull of the Stars by Emma Donoghue
  7. Son of a Trickster by Eden Robinson
  8. Ridgerunner by Gil Adamson
  9. Greenwood by Michael Christie
  10. Polar Vortex by Shani Mootoo

Canadian nonfiction

War: How Conflict Shaped Us is a book by Margaret MacMillan. (Viking, Allen Lane)

War: How Conflict Shaped Us by historian Margaret MacMillan is the #1 Canadian nonfiction book this week.

MacMillan looks at how conflict has shaped human society and culture over the centuries in War: How Conflict Shaped UsTracing conflict from ancient Greece to modern times, MacMillan looks at how war was often a catalyst for political upheaval, scientific developments and more — showing readers that war's long shadow over history is darker, bigger and murkier than we can even imagine.

See the full Canadian nonfiction list below.

  1. War: How Conflict Shaped Us by Margaret MacMillan
  2. If I Knew Then by Jann Arden
  3. Extraordinary Canadians by Peter Mansbridge with Mark Bulgutch
  4. Oh She Glows for Dinner by Angela Liddon
  5. 21 Things You May Not Know About the Indian Act by Bob Joseph
  6. The Answer Is... by Alex Trebek
  7. Reset by Ronald J. Deibert
  8. The Skin We're In by Desmond Cole
  9. From the Ashes by Jesse Thistle
  10. A History of My Brief Body by Billy-Ray Belcourt

Canadian kids

Cherie Dimaline is the author of the YA novel The Marrow Thieves. (CBC)

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 Barnabus Project by the Fan Brothers
  3. The Barren Grounds by David A. Robertson
  4. The Paper Bag Princess by Robert Munsch, illustrated by Michael Martchenko
  5. Love You Forever by Robert Munsch, illustrated by Sheila McGraw
  6. One Eagle Soaring by Roy Henry Vickers, illustrated by Robert Budd
  7. Carson Crosses Canada by Linda Bailey, illustrated by Kass Reich
  8. Bloom by Kenneth Oppel
  9. Hatch by Kenneth Oppel 
  10. Don't Stand so Close to Me by Eric Walters

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