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Sufficient Thomas King topped Alberta Independent Bookstores Best-Selling Fiction List for Week Ended June 20


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Here are the lists of the top 10 fiction and non-fiction titles sold by independent booksellers in Alberta during the week ended Sunday, June 20, 2021.

The lists are compiled by the Alberta Book Publishers Association, and include sales to Audreys Books and Glass library in Edmonton.

Unsurprisingly, given the tragic revelations of the past few weeks and days, books by Indigenous authors are high on independent booksellers’ fiction and non-fiction bestseller lists this week. Most Canadians are people of goodwill and I think they have a hard time understanding this unfolding calamity. This week’s fiction bestseller is Pain, by Indigenous Canadian-American author Thomas King. The publisher of the book describes it as “a sly and satirical look at the fractures of modern existence.” The story features a former residential school, a reserve, and someone who can look to the future and who doesn’t like what he sees. In my experience, Thomas King’s fiction is always worth reading. Having said that, I admit that I haven’t picked up this one from my public library yet as the publisher’s rather ambiguous cover led my eye to pass over it on the new book shelf. I’m embarrassed to say that I assumed it was about another author named King whose work I don’t find so uplifting or entertaining.

ALBERTA FICTION TOP SELLERS

1. Suffering – Thomas King (HarperCollins)
2. Five Little Indians – Michelle Good (Harper Vivace)
3. The Hero’s Walk – Anita Rau Badami (Vintage Canada)
4. The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse – Charlie Mackesy (HarperCollins)
5. Klara and the Sun – Kazuo Ishiguro (Knopf Canada)
6. The Maidens – Alex Michaelides (Celadon Books)
7. On Earth, we are briefly beautiful – Ocean Vuong (Penguin)
8. Jonny Appleseed – Joshua Whitehead (Arsenal Pulp Press) *
9. The Midnight Library – Matt Haig (HarperCollins)
10. The Marrow Thieves – Cherie Dimaline (Cormorant Books)

ALBERTA NON-FICTION BESTSELERS

1. The Menopause Manifesto – Dr Jen Gunter (Random House Canada)
2. The Skin We Are In – Desmond Cole (Doubleday Canada)
3. Tipiskawi Kisik – Wilfred Buck (Manitoba First Nations Education Resource Center)
4. Sweetgrass braiding – Robin Wall Kimmerer (Milkweed editions)
5. Rising Strong РBren̩ Brown (Random House)
6. World Travel – Anthony Bourdain and Laurie Woolever (Ecco)
7. The Bomber Mafia – Malcolm Gladwell (Little Brown & Company)
8. Care of – Ivan Coyote (McClelland & Stewart)
9. Values ​​- Mark Carney (McClelland & Stewart)
10. Embers – Richard Wagamese (Douglas & McIntyre)

* Albertan author + Albertan publisher

The independent bookstores contributing to this weekly list are:

Audreys Books, Edmonton
Coffee Books, Canmore
Attracted by books, Edmonton
Glass library, Edmonton
Monkey Books, Calgary
Owl Nest Books, Calgary
Pages about Kensington, Calgary
Shelf Life Books, Calgary
The next page, Calgary
Books of the Three Hills, Three Hills

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