The bestselling Canadian books for the week of Sept. 6-12, 2020

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

Here are the bestselling Canadian books for Sept. 6-12, 2020.

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

Canadian fiction | Canadian nonfiction | Canadian kids

Canadian fiction

All the Devils Are Here is a novel by Louise Penny (Minotaur Books, Jean-Francois Berube)

All the Devils are Here by Louise Penny is the #1 Canadian fiction book this week.

All the Devils Are Here is the latest Inspector Armand Gamache novel. Gamache is in Paris, enjoying a family trip, when his elderly godfather is attacked on the street — and Gamache is convinced it's not a random attack. It turns out that his godfather knows many secrets and Gamache must figure out the web of deceit and lies before it's too late.

See the full Canadian fiction list below.

  1. All the Devils are Here by Louise Penny
  2. Indians on Vacation by Thomas King
  3. The Pull of the Stars by Emma Donoghue
  4. Greenwood by Michael Christie
  5. Son of a Trickster by Eden Robinson
  6. The Glass Hotel by Emily St. John Mandel
  7. The Company We Keep by Frances Itani
  8. Noopiming: The Cure for White Ladies by Leanne Betasamosake Simpson             
  9. Rabbit Foot Bill by Helen Humphreys
  10. Songs for the End of the World by Saleema Nawaz

Canadian nonfiction

Jesse Thistle is the author of From the Ashes. (CBC)

From the Ashes by Jesse Thistle is the #1 Canadian nonfiction book this week.

Jesse Thistle is a Métis-Cree academic specializing in Indigenous homelessness, addiction and inter-generational trauma. For Thistle, these issues are more than just subjects on the page. After a difficult childhood, Thistle spent much of his early adulthood struggling with addiction while living on the streets of Toronto. Told in short chapters interspersed with poetry, his memoir From the Ashes details how his issues with abandonment and addiction led to homelessness, incarceration and his eventual redemption through higher education. 

From the Ashes was defended by George Canyon on Canada Reads 2020.

See the full Canadian nonfiction list below.

  1. From the Ashes by Jesse Thistle
  2. A History of My Brief Body by Billy-Ray Belcourt
  3. The Skin We're In by Desmond Cole
  4. 21 Things You May Not Know About the Indian Act by Bob Joseph
  5. We Have Always Been Here by Samra Habib
  6. The Inconvenient Indian by Thomas King
  7. Policing Black Lives by Robyn Maynard
  8. A Mind Spread Out on the Ground by Alicia Elliott
  9. The Answer Is... by Alex Trebek
  10. Forever Terry edited by Darrell Fox

Canadian kids

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. Terry Fox and Me, written by Mary Beth Leatherdale and illustrated by Milan Pavlović
  3. The Barnabus Project by the Fan Brothers
  4. Meet Terry Fox by Elizabeth MacLeod, illustrated by Mike Deas
  5. The Paper Bag Princess by Robert Munsch, illustrated by Michael Martchenko
  6. Sparks! Double Dog Dare by Ian Boothby, illustrated by Nina Matsumoto
  7. Love You Forever by Robert Munsch, illustrated by Sheila McGraw
  8. Sometimes I Feel Like a Fox by Danielle Daniel
  9. Bloom by Kenneth Oppel
  10. The Girl and the Wolf by Katherena Vermette, illustrated by Julie Flett

Add some “good” to your morning and evening.

A variety of newsletters you'll love, delivered straight to you.

Sign up now


To encourage thoughtful and respectful conversations, first and last names will appear with each submission to CBC/Radio-Canada's online communities (except in children and youth-oriented communities). Pseudonyms will no longer be permitted.

By submitting a comment, you accept that CBC has the right to reproduce and publish that comment in whole or in part, in any manner CBC chooses. Please note that CBC does not endorse the opinions expressed in comments. Comments on this story are moderated according to our Submission Guidelines. Comments are welcome while open. We reserve the right to close comments at any time.