The bestselling Canadian books for the week of Sept. 28 - Oct. 5, 2019

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

Here are the bestselling Canadian books for Sept. 28 - Oct. 5, 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. A Better Man by Louise Penny
  4. The Innocents by Michael Crummey
  5. Women Talking by Miriam Toews
  6. Empire of Wild by Cherie Dimaline
  7. Albatross by Terry Fallis
  8. Lampedusa by Steven Price
  9. Akin by Emma Donoghue
  10. Greenwood by Michael Christie

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. 21 Things You May Not Know About the Indian Act by Bob Joseph
  7. To Speak for the Trees by Diana Beresford-Kroeger
  8. Power Shift by Sally Armstrong
  9. Embers by Richard Wagamese
  10. Murdered Midas by Charlotte Gray
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. Pokko and the Drum by Matthew Forsythe
  7. The Paper Bag Princess by Robert Munsch, illustrated by Michael Martchenko
  8. Small in the City by Sydney Smith
  9. When We Were Alone by David A. Robertson, illustrated by Julie Flett
  10. Sweep by Jonathan Auxier


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