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The bestselling Canadian books for the week of Sept. 5-11, 2021

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

Here are the bestselling Canadian books for Sept. 5-11, 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

The Madness of Crowds is a novel by Louise Penny. (Raincoast Books, Jean-Francois Berube)

The Madness of the Crowds by Louise Penny is the #1 Canadian fiction book this week.

In The Madness of Crowds, the latest book in the Armand Gamache series, the Chief Inspector's family holiday is interrupted by a simple request. He's asked to provide security for a visiting Professor of Statistics who will be giving a lecture at a nearby university. But he soon discovers the professor's agenda, one so repulsive he begs the university to cancel the lecture, to no avail. They accuse Gamache of censorship and intellectual cowardice. Before long, the professor's views start seeping into conversations and it becomes nearly impossible to tell truth, reality and delusion apart.

See the full Canadian fiction list below.

  1. The Madness of the Crowds by Louise Penny
  2. Fight Night by Miriam Toews
  3. Five Little Indians by Michelle Good
  4. Operation Angus by Terry Fallis
  5. Indian Horse by Richard Wagamese
  6. Indians on Vacation by Thomas King
  7. The Spectacular by Zoe Whittall
  8. The Winter Wives by Linden MacIntyre
  9. Jonny Appleseed by Joshua Whitehead
  10. The Pull of the Stars by Emma Donoghue

Canadian nonfiction

Finding the Mother Tree is a memoir by Suzanne Simard. (Bill Heath, Allen Lane)

Finding the Mother Tree by Suzanne Simard is the #1 Canadian nonfiction book this week.

If you've ever walked through the forest and heard the whispering of the trees, it's easy to imagine that there's conversation happening — that there's a kind of intelligence in the community of the forest. Simard, who is a biologist, discovered the reality of the interconnection and intelligence of the forest. She's been able to find out that the trees are indeed whispering to each other — communicating not through the wind, but through the soil. Her new scientific memoir, Finding the Mother Tree: Discovering the Wisdom of the Forest, describes her life and research. 

 See the full Canadian nonfiction list below.

  1. Finding the Mother Tree by Suzanne Simard
  2. 21 Things You May Not Know About the Indian Act by Bob Joseph
  3. Seven Fallen Feathers by Tanya Talaga
  4. The Inconvenient Indian by Thomas King
  5. From the Ashes by Jesse Thistle
  6. Embers by Richard Wagamese
  7. A History of My Brief Body by Billy-Ray Belcourt
  8. Wilful Blindness by Sam Cooper       
  9. Life in the City of Dirty Water by Clayton Thomas-Muller
  10. Indigenous Relations by Bob Joseph with Cynthia F. Joseph    

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 a new middle-grade series by David A. Robertson. 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 Marrow Thieves by Cherie Dimaline
  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. The Bug Club by Elise Gravel
  6. Beyond the Orange Shirt Story by Phyllis Webstad
  7. Sometimes I Feel Like a Fox by Danielle Daniel
  8. When We Were Alone by David A. Robertson, illustrated by Julie Flett
  9. One Eagle Soaring by Roy Henry Vickers, illustrated by Robert Budd
  10. The Paper Bag Princess by Robert Munsch, illustrated by Michael Martchenko

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