Author Emily St. John Mandel (Photo: Sarah Shatz,

Here are the lists of the top 10 fiction and non-fiction titles sold by independent booksellers in Alberta during the week ended Sunday, April 5, 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 Glass Hotel – Emily St. John Mandel (HarperCollins)
2. The Mirror & the Light – Hilary Mantel (HarperCollins)
3. Small Game Hunting at the Local Coward Gun Club – Megan Gail Coles (House of Anansi Press)
4. Where the Crawdads Sing – Delia Owens (G.P. Putnam’s Sons)
5. American Dirt – Jeanine Cummins (Flatiron Books)
6. The Subtweet – Vivek Shraya (ECW Press) *
7. The Overstory – Richard Powers (W.W. Norton)
8. A Gentleman in Moscow – Amor Towles (Penguin)
9. Girl, Woman, Other – Bernardine Evaristo (Grove/Atlantic)
10. The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse – Charlie Mackesy (HarperCollins)


1. The Splendid and the Vile – Erik Larson (Crown)
2. From the Ashes – Jesse Thistle (Simon & Schuster)
3. Instagram for Adoptable Dogs – Rachael Rodgers (Rocky Mountain Books) * +
4. Feeding My Mother – Jann Arden (Vintage Canada) *
5. Untamed – Glennon Doyle (The Dial Press)
6. Catch and Kill – Ronan Farrow (Little Brown & Company)
7. Sapiens – Yuval Noah Harari (McClelland & Stewart)
8. Say Nothing – Patrick Radden Keefe (Anchor)
9. Braiding Sweetgrass – Robin Wall Kimmerer (Milkweed Editions)
10. Born a Crime – Trevor Noah (Doubleday Canada)

* 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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  1. David, how are these local bookstores making sales? Aren’t they closed down for the duration?

    I’m burrowing back through my home library and that should keep me going for a while, but I’d like to be able to buy the odd new book even now. Nothing in Calgary seems to be open. So this isn’t just idle curiousity.

    1. Excellent question, Lars. I know both Glass Bookshop and Audreys Books deliver in the Edmonton area. I expect the same is true with the stores in the Calgary area. There are web links for all, so give them a call! DJC

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