The bestselling Canadian books for the week of Oct. 5 to 12, 2019

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

Here are the bestselling Canadian books for Oct. 5 to 12, 2019

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

Canadian fiction | Canadian nonfiction | Canadian kids

Canadian fiction

Margaret Atwood is the author of The Testaments. (McClelland & Stewart)

The Testaments by Margaret Atwood is the #1 Canadian fiction book this week.

The Testaments is set 15 years after the events of The Handmaid's Tale and includes the "explosive testaments" of three women. It promises to answer readers' questions on the inner workings of Gilead, the oppressive dystopia where Offred, the novel's original narrator, was stripped of her freedoms and forced to be a handmaid for powerful men.

See the full Canadian fiction list below.

  1. The Testaments by Margaret Atwood
  2. The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood
  3. The Innocents by Michael Crummey
  4. A Better Man by Louise Penny
  5. Women Talking by Miriam Toews
  6. Split Tooth by Tanya Tagaq
  7. Lampedusa by Steven Price
  8. Albatross by Terry Fallis
  9. Greenwood by Michael Christie
  10. Empire of Wild by Cherie Dimaline

Canadian nonfiction

Malcolm Gladwell Talking to Strangers (Celeste Sloman, Hachette Book Group Canada)

Talking to Strangers by Malcolm Gladwell is the #1 Canadian nonfiction book this week.

Talking to Strangers explores how we interact with people we don't know, and the impact of the assumptions we bring to these conversations. As with his previous books, Gladwell uses anecdotes and a narrative voice to examine how societal structures shape human behaviour, including decision-making and the spread of ideas.

See the full Canadian nonfiction list below.

  1. Talking to Strangers by Malcolm Gladwell
  2. Truth Be Told by Beverley McLachlin
  3. On Fire by Naomi Klein
  4. The Vagina Bible by Dr. Jen Gunter
  5. From Where I Stand by Jody Wilson-Raybould
  6. Power Shift by Sally Armstrong
  7. To Speak for the Trees by Diana Beresford-Kroeger
  8. Fraiche Food, Full Hearts by Jillian Harris and Tori Wesszer
  9. Highway of Tears by Jessica McDiarmid
  10. From the Ashes by Jesse Thistle
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. Phyllis's Orange Shirt by Phyllis Webstad, illustrated by Brock Nicol
  3. The Orange Shirt Story by Phyllis Webstad, illustrated by Brock Nicol
  4. Sharon, Lois and Bram's Skinnamarink by, Sharon Hampson, Lois Lilienstein and Bram Morrison, with Randi Hampson, illustrated by Qin Leng
  5. Love You Forever by Robert Munsch, illustrated by Sheila McGraw
  6. Sweep by Jonathan Auxier
  7. No Fixed Address by Susin Nielsen
  8. Birdsong by Julie Flett
  9. The Paper Bag Princess by Robert Munsch, illustrated by Michael Martchenko
  10. Fairy Science by Ashley Spires


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