The bestselling Canadian books for the week of Sept. 18-24, 2022

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

Here are the bestselling Canadian books for Sept. 11-17, 2022.

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, Silken Sellinger Photography)

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 leave school with nothing and are dropped into eastside Vancouver to start their adult lives. 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 by Michelle Good, championed by Christian Allaire, won Canada Reads 2022.

Five Little Indians also 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. A Minor Chorus by Billy-Ray Belcourt
  3. Haven by Emma Donoghue
  4. The Theory of Crows by David A. Robertson
  5. All the Quiet Places by Brian Thomas Isaac
  6. The Maid by Nita Prose
  7. Fight Night by Miriam Toews
  8. A Town Called Solace by Mary Lawson
  9. Sea of Tranquility by Emily St. John Mandel
  10. Scarborough by Catherine Hernandez

Canadian nonfiction

The Myth of Normal is a book by Gabor Maté and Daniel Maté. (Knopf Canada, Ken Wilkinson)

The Myth of Normal by Dr. Gabor Maté with Daniel Maté is the #1 Canadian nonfiction book this week.

The Myth of Normal examines why chronic illness and general health problems are on the rise in Western countries with good healthcare systems. Maté explains how Western medicine, while technologically advanced, fails to treat the whole person and ignores cultural stressors. With his son Daniel, Maté untangles common myths about what makes us sick and offers a guide on health and healing.

 See the full Canadian nonfiction list below.

  1. The Myth of Normal by Dr. Gabor Maté with Daniel Maté
  2. Ducks by Kate Beaton 
  3. Making Love with the Land by Joshua Whitehead
  4. Finding the Mother Tree by Suzanne Simard
  5. Namwayut by Chief Robert Joseph
  6. 21 Things You May Not Know About the Indian Act by Bob Joseph
  7. Permanent Astonishment by Tomson Highway
  8. Don't Worry, Just Cook by Bonnie Stern & Anna Rupert
  9. The Shortest History of War by Gwynne Dyer
  10. Valley of the Birdtail by Andrew Stobo Sniderman & Douglas Sanderson

Canadian kids

With Our Orange Hearts is a YA nonfiction book by Phyllis Webstad, illustrated by Emily Kewageshig. (Medicine Wheel Publishing, Lenard Monkman/CBC)

With Our Orange Hearts by Phyllis Webstad, illustrated by Emily Kewageshig is the #1 Canadian kids book this week.

With Our Orange Hearts  is a YA nonfiction book about how Webstad inspired Orange Shirt Day and how sharing her story helped her process her feelings about her time at residential school.

See the full Canadian kids book list below.

  1. With Our Orange Hearts by Phyllis Webstad, illustrated by Emily Kewageshig
  2. The Barren Grounds by David A. Robertson
  3. Phyllis's Orange Shirt by Phyllis Webstad, illustrated by Brock Nicol
  4. The Orange Shirt Story by Phyllis Webstad, illustrated by Brock Nicol
  5. Leaves! by Robert Munsch, illustrated by Michael Martchenko
  6. The Marrow Thieves by Cherie Dimaline
  7. Sharon, Lois and Bram's Skinnamarink by Sharon Hampson, Lois Lilienstein and Bram Morrison, with Randi Hampson, illustrated by Qin Leng
  8. Ride on by Faith Erin Hicks
  9. The Stone Child by David A. Robertson
  10. I Hope by Monique Gray Smith, illustrated by Gabrielle Grimard


  • This post has been updated to reflect the correct author name for Douglas Sanderson.
    Oct 11, 2022 10:25 AM ET

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