The bestselling Canadian books of the week

Here are the top fiction, nonfiction and kids books from March 5-11, 2023.

Here are the bestselling Canadian books from March 5-11, 2023.

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

Canadian fiction | Canadian nonfiction | Canadian Kids

Canadian fiction

A composite photo of a book cover featuring a green forest and the book's author, a man white short hair looking straight at the camera.
Michael Christie is the author of Greenwood. (McClelland & Stewart, Cedar Bowles)

Greenwood by Michael Christie is the #1 Canadian fiction book this week.

In the novel Greenwood, it's the year 2038 and most of the world has suffered from an environmental collapse. But there is a remote island with 1,000-year-old trees and that's where Jake Greenwood works as a tour guide. The novel takes you back in time as you learn more about Jake, her family and how secrets and lies can have an impact for generations.

Greenwood will be championed by actor Keegan Connor Tracy on Canada Reads 2023.

See the full Canadian fiction list below.

  1. Greenwood by Michael Christie
  2. Old Babes in the Woods by Margaret Atwood
  3. Women Talking by Miriam Toews
  4. The Sleeping Car Porter by Suzette Mayr
  5. Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel
  6. Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia
  7. Hotline by Dimitri Nasrallah
  8. Five Little Indians by Michelle Good
  9. VenCo by Cherie Dimaline
  10. Birnam Wood by Eleanor Catton

Canadian nonfiction

 Ducks: Two Years in the Oil Sands is a book by Kate Beaton.
Ducks: Two Years in the Oil Sands is a book by Kate Beaton. (Morgan Murray, Drawn & Quarterly)

Ducks by Kate Beaton is the #1 Canadian nonfiction book this week.

Ducks is an autobiographical graphic novel that recounts author Kate Beaton's time spent working in the Alberta oil sands. With the goal of paying off her student loans, Beaton leaves her tight-knit seaside Nova Scotia community and heads west, where she encounters harsh realities, including the everyday trauma that no one discusses. 

Ducks will be defended by Jeopardy! superchampion Mattea Roach on Canada Reads 2023.

 See the full Canadian nonfiction list below.

  1. Ducks by Kate Beaton
  2. The Myth of Normal by Dr. Gabor Maté with Daniel Maté
  3. Run Towards the Danger by Sarah Polley
  4. Held by the Land by Leigh Joseph
  5. True Reconciliation by Jody Wilson-Raybould
  6. Finding the Mother Tree by Suzanne Simard
  7. 21 Things You May Not Know about the Indian Act by Bob Joseph
  8. Scattered Minds by Dr. Gabor Maté
  9. Empathy by David Johnston, with Brian Hanington
  10. Love, Pamela by Pamela Anderson

Canadian kids

A woman with glasses and long brown hair. A blue and purple book cover featuring half the face of a young boy with long brown hair.
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. The Barren Grounds by David A. Robertson
  3. Sometimes I Feel Like a River by Danielle Daniel, illustrated by Josée Bisaillon
  4. Be a Good Ancestor by Leona Prince and Gabrielle Prince, illustrated by Carla Joseph
  5. The Honeybee by Kirsten Hall, illustrated by Isabelle Arsenault        
  6. Dreamer by Akim Aliu & Greg Anderson Elysée, illustrated by Karen De la Vega & Marcus Williams
  7. Enemies by Svetlana Chmakova
  8. The Paper Bag Princess by Robert Munsch, illustrated by Michael Martchenko
  9. When Things Aren't Going Right, Go Left by Marc Colagiovanni, illustrated by Peter H. Reynolds   
  10. The Tryout by Christina Soontornvat, illustrated by Joanna Cacao 

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