Hey, I can’t do this every day! The author of this blog, at right, with Wayne Arthurson, author of The Red Chesterfield (Photo: David J. Climenhaga).

Here are the lists of the top 10 fiction and non-fiction titles sold by independent booksellers in Alberta during the week ended Sunday, Feb. 23, 2020.

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


1. The Red Chesterfield – Wayne Arthurson (University of Calgary Press) * +
2. The Boy, the Horse, the Fox and the Mole – Charlie Mackesy (HarperCollins)
3. Small Game Hunting at the Local Coward Gun Club – Megan Gail Coles (House of Anansi Press)
4. Son of a Trickster – Eden Robinson (Knopf Canada)
5. American Dirt – Jeanine Cummins (Flatiron Books)
6. Normal People – Sally Rooney (Knopf Canada)
7. Weather – Jenny Offill (Knopf Canada)
8. Where the Crawdads Sing – Delia Owens (G.P. Putnam’s Sons)
9. Jade Dragon Mountain – Elsa Hart (St. Martin’s Griffin)
10. Strange Planet – Nathan W. Pyle (HarperCollins)


1. From the Ashes: My Story of Being Métis, Homeless, and Finding My Way – Jesse Thistle (Simon & Schuster)
2. The Skin We’re In – Desmond Cole (Doubleday Canada)
3. Saving Manno – Spencer Sekyer (Simon & Schuster) *
4. Talk Money to Me – Kelley Keehn (Simon & Schuster) *
5. Kids These Days – Dr. Jody Carrington (self-published) *
6. No One is Too Small to Make a Difference – Greta Thunberg (Penguin Canada)
7. Talking to Strangers – Malcolm Gladwell (Little Brown & Company)
8. 21 Things You May Not Know About the Indian Act – Bob Joseph (Page Two Books)
9. Bad Data – Peter Schryvers (Prometheus Books)
10. Educated – Tara Westover (HarperCollins)

* Alberta Author + Alberta Publisher

The independent bookstores contributing to the weekly lists are:

Audreys Books, Edmonton
Cafe Books, Canmore
Drawn to Books, Edmonton
Glass Bookshop, Edmonton
Monkeyshines Books, Calgary
Owl’s Nest Books, Calgary
Pages on Kensington, Calgary
Shelf Life Books, Calgary
The Next Page, Calgary
Three Hills Books, Three Hills

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