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Chris Hadfield’s ‘The Darkest Dark’ tops this week’s Audreys Books Best Sellers List

Here is the list of the top 10 fiction and non-fiction titles sold in Edmonton for the week ended December 31, 2016, compiled on January 3, 2017 by Audreys Books and provided by the Book Publishers Association of Alberta.

Edmonton Fiction Bestsellers

  1. The Darkest Dark (Children’s) – Chris Hadfield, Eric Fan, Terry Fan
  2. Wenjack – Joseph Boyden
  3. Secret Path – Gord Downie, Jeff Lemire
  4. Commonwealth – Ann Patchett
  5. Bit Rot – Douglas Coupland
  6. Robert Ludlum’s The Bourne Enigma – Eric Van Lustbader
  7. Jerusalem – Alan Moore
  8. 13 Ways of Looking at a Fat Girl – Mona Awad
  9. The High Mountains of Portugal – Yann Martel
  10. Conclave – Robert Harris

Edmonton Non-Fiction Bestsellers

  1. Edmonton House Journals 1821-1826 – Hudson Bay Company, ed. David Leonard
  2. Edmonton Cooks: Signature Recipes from the City’s Best Chefs – Leanne Brown *, Tina Faiz *
  3. The McDavid Effect: Connor McDavid and the New Hope for Hockey – Marty Klinkenberg*
  4. The Fur Trade in the West (children’s) – Phyllis Arnold *
  5. The Princess Diarist – Carrie Fisher
  6. First Star I See Tonight: Ukrainian Christmas Traditions – Orysia Tracz
  7. Happy City: Transforming Our Lives Through Urban Design – Charles Montgomery
  8. 99: Stories of the Game – Wayne Gretzky, Kirstie McLellan Day
  9. Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood – Trevor Noah
  10. Testimony: A Memoir  – Robbie Robertson

*  Alberta Author

‘Do Not Say We Have Nothing’ by Madeleine Thien remains atop Audreys Books Edmonton Bestseller List

Here is this week’s list of the top 10 fiction and non-fiction titles sold in Edmonton, compiled by Audreys Books and provided by the Book Publishers Association of Alberta.

EDMONTON FICTION BESTSELLERS

  1. Do Not Say We Have Nothing – Madeleine Thien
  2. The Darkest Dark (Children’s) – Chris Hadfield, Eric Fan, Terry Fan
  3. Wenjack – Joseph Boyden
  4. A Wake for the Dreamland – Laurel Deedrick-Mayne*
  5. The Sellout – Paul Beatty
  6. Paper Teeth – Lauralyn Chow*
  7. Swing Time – Zadie Smith
  8. The Whistler – John Grisham
  9. The Witches of New York – Ami McKay
  10. The Nest – Cynthia D’Apriz Sweeney

EDMONTON NON-FICTION BESTSELLERS

  1. Edmonton House Journals 1821-1826 – Hudson Bay Company, ed. David Leonard*
  2. The Marriott Cell: The Epic Journey from Cairo’s Scorpion Prison to Freedom – Mohamed Fhamy, Carol Shaben *, Amal Clooney
  3. Edmonton Cooks: Signature Recipes from the City’s Best Chefs – Leanne Brown*, Tina Faiz*
  4. 99: Stories of the Game – Wayne Gretzky, Kirstie McLellan Day
  5. Colouring it Forward: Discover Blackfoot Nation Art and Wisdom – Diana Frost*
  6. The Hidden Life of Trees: What They Feel, How They Communicate: Discoveries from a Secret World – Peter Wohileben, Tim Flattery
  7. Behind the Kitchen Stove – Ella Debrot*
  8. The Science of Why: Answers to Questions About the World Around Us – Jay Ingram*
  9. Testimony: A Memoir – Robbie Robertson
  10. Flapper Pie and a Blue Prairie Sky: A Modern Baker’s Guide to Old-Fashioned Desserts – Karlynn Johnston*

*Alberta Author

Do Not Say We Have Nothing by Madeleine Thien tops this week’s Audreys Books Best Sellers List

Here is this week’s list of the top 10 fiction and non-fiction titles sold in Edmonton, compiled by Audreys Books and provided by the Book Publishers Association of Alberta.

EDMONTON FICTION BESTSELLERS

  1. Do Not Say We Have Nothing – Madeleine Thien
  2. A Wake for the Dreamland – Laurel Deedrick-Mayne *
  3. The Whistler – John Grisham
  4. Son of France: A Christopher Kruse Novel – Todd Babiak *
  5. Wenjack – Joseph Boyden
  6. Commonwealth – Ann Patchett
  7. The Darkest Dark (Children’s) – Chris Hadfield, Eric Fan, Terry Fan
  8. The Traitors of Camp 133 – Wayne Arthurson *
  9. The Break – Katherena Vermette
  10. A Taste of Murder – Jack Wear *

EDMONTON NON-FICTION BESTSELLERS

  1. Edmonton House Journals 1821-1826 – Hudson Bay Company – Ed. Ted Binnema and Gerhard J. Ens *
  2. Flapper Pie and a Blue Prairie Sky: A Modern Baker’s Guide to Old-Fashioned Desserts – Karlynn Johnston *
  3. Notley Nation: How Alberta’s Political Upheaval Swept the Country – Don Braid,* Sydney Sharpe*
  4. Secret Path – Gord Downie, Jeff Lemire
  5. Edmonton Cooks: Signature Recipes from the City’s Best Chefs – Leanne Brown, * Tina Faiz *
  6. Sun Dogs and Yellowcake: Gunnar Mines – A Canadian Story – Patricia Sandberg
  7. The Hidden Life of Trees: What They Feel, How They Communicate: Discoveries from a Secret World – Peter Wohlleben, Tim Flannery
  8. Even Cows Cry – Ella Drobot *
  9. Colouring it Forward: Discover Blackfoot Nation Art and Wisdom – Diana Frost *
  10. This is That: Travel Guide to Canada – Chris Kelly, Pat Kelly, Peter Oldring *

*  Alberta Author

Audreys Books Edmonton Best-Seller list to appear here and on AlbertaPolitics.ca

Elimination of local arts news coverage in Edmonton means the Audreys Books weekly bestseller list has found itself without a home.

As a result, my colleague David Climenhaga at AlbertaPolitics.ca and I were delighted to offer Audreys Books and the Book Publishers Association of Alberta a home on our blogs for the weekly Edmonton Bestseller List, so that this important information will continue to be provided to Edmonton readers.

Here is the first instalment, compiled on December 14, showing the top 10 fiction and non-fiction titles sold in Edmonton the previous week.

EDMONTON FICTION BESTSELLERS

  1. Almost a Full Moon (Children’s) – Hawksley Workman, Jensine Eckwall
  2. Wenjack – Joseph Boyden
  3. The Darkest Dark (Children’s) – Chris Hadfield, Kate Fillion, Eric Fan, Terry Fan
  4. A Wake for the Dreamland – Laurel Deedrick-Mayne *
  5. Do Not Say We Have Nothing – Madeleine Thien
  6. A Still and Bitter Grave – Ann Marston *
  7. The Tattooed Queen: #3 of The Tattooed Witch Trilogy – Susan MacGregor *
  8. The Break – Katherena Vermette
  9. Art Lessons – Katherine Koller *
  10. The Spawning Grounds – Gail Anderson-Dargatz

EDMONTON NON-FICTION BESTSELLERS

  1. Edmonton Cooks: Signature Recipes from the City’s Best Chefs –
    Leanne Brown, * Tina Faiz *
  2. Colouring It Forward: Discover Blackfoot Nation Art and Wisdom – Diana Frost *
  3. Notley Nation: How Alberta’s Political Upheaval Swept the Country – Don Braid, * Sydney Sharpe *
  4. Secret Path – Gord Downie, Jeff Lemire
  5. The Valiant Nellie McClung: Selected Writings by Canada’s Most Famous Suffragist – Barbara Smith *
  6. The McDavid Effect: Connor McDavid and the New Hope for Hockey – Marty Klinkenberg *
  7. The Hidden Life of Trees: What They Feel, How They Communicate: Discoveries from a Secret World – Peter Wohlleben
  8. Behind the Kitchen Stove – Ella Drobot *
  9. Flapper Pie and a Blue Prairie Sky: A Modern Baker’s Guide to Old-
    Fashioned Desserts  – Karlynn Johnston *
  10. Testimony: A Memoir – Robbie Robertson

*  Alberta Author

Put some Alberta Politics under the Christmas tree

Looking for that special gift for the political junkie in your family? Or maybe you’re searching for a good book to read by an open fire on a cold winter night? If so, here are a few Alberta politics books that might look good under your Christmas tree this year:

Where the Bodies Lie

Mark Lisac
NeWest Press
$20.95 at Audreys Books

An enjoyable mix of politics and intrigue make this fictional murder mystery a must-read for political watchers in Alberta. “Lisac’s backdrop may be the political scene, but his story is in the heart of his main characters, their flaws and aspirations. He is an elegant and efficient writer and sets lovely scenes and characters, creating a murder mystery with twists and engaging characters,” wrote Samantha Power in Vue Weekly.

 

Notley Nation: How Alberta’s Political Upheaval Swept the Country

Sydney Sharpe and Don Braid
Dundurn Press
$19.99 at Audreys Books

Calgary author Sydney Sharpe and Postmedia columnist Don Braid look at how decades of one-party rule, right-wing discontent and a growing progressive streak in Alberta led to the election of Rachel Notley’s NDP in our province’s historic 2015 election.

 

Farm Workers in Western Canada: Injustices and Activism

Editors: Shirley McDonald, Bob Barnetson
University of Alberta Press
$29.95 at Audreys Books (by special order)

This book was launched today, so I have not yet had a chance to read it. Here is the description from U of A Press:

Bill 6, the government of Alberta’s contentious farm workers’ safety legislation, sparked public debate as no other legislation has done in recent years. The Enhanced Protection for Farm and Ranch Workers Act provides a right to work safely and a compensation system for those killed or injured at work, similar to other provinces.

In nine essays, contributors to Farm Workers in Western Canada place this legislation in context. They look at the origins, work conditions, and precarious lives of farm workers in terms of larger historical forces such as colonialism, land rights, and racism. They also examine how the rights and privileges of farm workers, including seasonal and temporary foreign workers, conflict with those of their employers, and reveal the barriers many face by being excluded from most statutory employment laws, sometimes in violation of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

 

Grant Notley: The Social Conscience of Alberta

Howard Leeson
University of Alberta Press
$24.95 at Audreys Books

Written by his former executive assistant, this biography provides a look into the compelling life story of Grant Notley, the father of Alberta Premier Rachel Notley, who led the NDP from 1968 until his death in 1984. His passion for our province and social democratic politics is a refreshing reminder of a level of respect that used to exist among political opponents and adversaries in our province.

 

Thin Power
Andy Marshall
Friesen Press
$16.99

Thin Power is the unauthorized biography of former mayor of Calgary, Rod Sykes, featuring the achievements and bitter controversies of his eight-year term ending in 1977. David Climenhaga wrote a review of the book over at AlbertaPolitics.ca.

 

The Tar Sands: Syncrude and the Politics of Oil

Larry Pratt
Hurtig Press

Hard to find but worth the read, this 1976 book provides a thorough background background to the politics and economics that led to the creation of the Syncrude project and development of the Athabasca oil sands. A review by ActiveHistory.ca describes the book as an essential text on the history of Alberta’s tar sands. Used copies can be found on amazon.com.

And from south of the border:

Whistlestop

John Dickerson
Hachette Book Group
$39.00 at Audreys Books (by special order)

A compendium of John Dickerson’s favourite moments from US Presidential election history. The host of Face the Nation on CBS News and columnist for Slate Magazine does an excellent job translating stories from his popular Whistlestop podcast into this fun to read political history book.

 

(This post was inspired by Stephen Maher’s piece over at iPolitics.ca