The bestselling Canadian books for the week of Oct. 3-9, 2021

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

Here are the bestselling Canadian books for Oct. 3-9, 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. Fight Night by Miriam Toews
  3. The Madness of the Crowds by Louise Penny
  4. The Strangers by Katherena Vermette
  5. Operation Angus by Terry Fallis
  6. Denial by Beverley McLachlin
  7. August into Winter by Guy Vanderhaeghe
  8. Indians on Vacation by Thomas King
  9. Indian Horse by Richard Wagamese
  10. The Mystery of Right and Wrong by Wayne Johnston

Canadian nonfiction

"Indian" in the Cabinet is a book by Jody Wilson-Raybould. (HarperCollins Canada, Jonathan Hayward/Canadian Press)

"Indian" in the Cabinet by Jody Wilson-Raybould is the #1 Canadian nonfiction book this week.

Wilson-Raybould was Canada's first Indigenous minister of justice and attorney general in the cabinet. She was elected in 2015 and served in Justin Trudeau's Liberal government. But her initial optimism about the possibilities of enacting change while in Cabinet shifted to struggles over inclusivity, deficiencies of political will and concerns about adherence to core principles of our democracy. She ultimately resigned from cabinet, served as an independent and elected to not run in 2021. Wilson-Raybould shares her story in the memoir "Indian" in the Cabinet.

 See the full Canadian nonfiction list below.

  1. "Indian" in the Cabinet by Jody Wilson-Raybould
  2. 21 Things You May Not Know About the Indian Act by Bob Joseph
  3. Unreconciled by Jesse Wente
  4. Finding the Mother Tree by Suzanne Simard
  5. Richard Wagamese Selected, edited by Drew Hayden Taylor
  6. Off the Record by Peter Mansbridge
  7. The Inconvenient Indian by Thomas King
  8. Seven Fallen Feathers by Tanya Talaga
  9. Embers by Richard Wagamese
  10. Nothing but the Truth by Marie Henein

Canadian kids

The Barren Grounds is a middle-grade novel by David A. Robertson (Puffin, Amber Green)

The Barren Grounds by David A. Robertson is the #1 Canadian kids book this week.

The Barren Grounds is the first book of Robertson's new middle-grade series. It is set in Winnipeg where two Indigenous kids, Morgan and Eli, are placed in a new foster home. The pair feel out of place and disconnected in their new surroundings — until they uncover a secret portal in the attic that opens up to a magical reality. The frozen barren grounds they find set the pair on a mission of survival and self-determination.

See the full Canadian kids book list below.

  1. The Barren Grounds by David A. Robertson
  2. The Orange Shirt Story by Phyllis Webstad, illustrated by Brock Nicol
  3. Beyond the Orange Shirt Story by Phyllis Webstad
  4. The Marrow Thieves by Cherie Dimaline
  5. It Fell from the Sky by the Fan Brothers
  6. The Great Bear by David A. Robertson
  7. Walking in Two Worlds by Wab Kinew
  8. Iron Widow by Xiran Jay Zhao     
  9. Phyllis's Orange Shirt by Phyllis Webstad, illustrated by Brock Nicol
  10. Love You Forever by Robert Munsch, illustrated by Sheila McGraw

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