The Top 20 bestselling books published in B.C. in 2020

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      Here's something that might surprise you.

      Six of the top eight B.C. bestselling books of all publication dates in 2020 were written or coauthored by Indigenous authors.

      The Association of B.C. Book Publishers just released the list of the Top 20 bestsellers published in 2020, as well as the Top 20 with all publication dates.

      On the latter list, Bob Joseph's 2018 smash hit, 21 Things You Didn't Know About the Indian Act, came in first place.

      Three novels by deceased Indigenous author Richard Wagamese were in second, third, and fifth place. And books coauthored by First Nations artist Roy Henry Vickers came seventh and eight. 

      Topping the list of B.C. bestsellers published in 2020 was Victoria author and photographer Cheryl Alexander's Takaya: Lone Wolf. Her book ranked fourth among all B.C. titles, regardless of the year in which they were published.

      The first list below features the Top 20 bestsellers published in B.C. in 2020.

      That's followed by a list of the Top 20 bestsellers published in B.C. of all publication dates.

      No. 1

      Takaya: Lone Wolf
      by Cheryl Alexander
      RMB | Rocky Mountain Books | 9781771603737 | $30.00

      Raven Squawk Orca Squeak
      No. 2

      Raven Squawk, Orca Squeak
      by Robert Budd, illustrated by Roy Henry Vickers
      Harbour Publishing | 9781550179040 | $9.95

      Vancouver Exposed
      No. 3

      Vancouver Exposed: Searching for the City's Hidden History
      by Eve Lazarus
      Arsenal Pulp Press | 9781551528298 | $32.95
      A Match Made for Murder
      No. 4

      A Match Made for Murder: A Lane Winslow Mystery
      by Iona Whishaw
      TouchWood Editions | 9781771513265 | $16.95

      When We Are Kind
      No. 5

      When We Are Kind
      by Monique Gray Smith, illustrated by Nicole Neidhardt
      Orca Book Publishers | 9781459825222 | $19.95

      Edible and Medicinal Flora of the West Coast
      No. 6

      Edible and Medicinal Flora of the West Coast: British Columbia and the Pacific Northwest
      by Collin Varner
      Heritage House Publishing | 9781772033236 | $22.95

      EJ Hughes Book of Boats
      No. 7

      The E. J. Hughes Book of Boats
      by Robert Amos
      TouchWood Editions | 9781771513364 | $22.00

      Don't Stand So Close to Me
      No. 8

      Don't Stand So Close to Me
      by Eric Walters
      Orca Book Publishers | 9781459827875 | $10.95

      Birds of British Columbia and the Pacific Northwest
      No. 9

      Birds of British Columbia and the Pacific Northwest: A Complete Guide, Second Edition
      by Richard Cannings & Tom Aversa
      Heritage House Publishing | 9781772033274 | $29.95

      On Their Own Terms
      No. 10

      On Their Own Terms: True Stories of Trailblazing Women of Vancouver Island
      by Haley Healey
      Heritage House Publishing | 9781772033250 | $9.95

      Crossing the Divide
      No. 11

      Crossing the Divide: Discovering a Wilderness Ethic in Canada's Northern Rockies
      by Wayne Sawchuk
      Creekstone Press | 9781928195061 | $21.95

      Spirits of the Coast
      No. 12

      Spirits of the Coast: Orcas in Science, Art and History
      eds. Martha Black, Lorne Hammond, Gavin Hanke, with Nikki Sanchez
      Royal British Columbia Museum | 9780772677686 | $29.95

      No. 13

      Cataline: The Life of BC's Legendary Packer
      by Susan Smith-Josephy & Irene Bjerky
      Caitlin Press | 9781773860244 | $22.95

      Family Walks and Hikes on Greater Vancouver's North Shore
      No. 14

      Family Walks and Hikes on Greater Vancouver’s North Shore
      by Harry Crerar
      Rocky Mountain Books | 9781771604291 | $20.00

      Blue Sky Kingdom
      No. 15

      Blue Sky Kingdom: An Epic Family Journey to the Heart of the Himalaya
      by Bruce Kirkby
      Douglas & McIntyre | 9781771622691 | $34.95

      Let's Go Biking
      No. 16

      Let’s Go Biking: Okanagan and Beyond
      by Colleen Macdonald
      9781775308126 | $19.95

      Field Notes from an Unintentional Birder
      No. 17

      Field Notes from an Unintentional Birder: A Memoir
      by Julia Zarankin
      Douglas & McIntyre | 9781771622486 | $24.95

      Primary Obsessions
      No. 18

      Primary Obsessions
      by Charles Demers
      Douglas & McIntyre | 9781771622561 | $18.95

      Bisous and Brioche
      No. 19

      Bisous and Brioche: Classic French Recipes and Family Favorites from a Life in France
      by Laura Bradbury & Rebecca Wellman
      TouchWood Editions | 9781771513166 | $45.00

      Balancing Bountiful
      No. 20

      Balancing Bountiful: What I Learned about Feminism from My Polygamist Grandmothers
      by Mary Jayne Blackmore
      Caitlin Press | 9781773860046 | $24.95

      2020 BC Bestsellers – All Publication Dates
      1. 21 Things You May Not Know About the Indian Act by Bob Joseph, Page Two Books (2018).
      2. Embers by Richard Wagamese, Douglas & McIntyre (2016).
      3. Indian Horse by Richard Wagamese, Douglas & McIntyre (2012).
      4. Takaya by Cheryl Alexander, RMB | Rocky Mountain Books (2020). 
      5. One Drum by Richard Wagamese, Douglas & McIntyre (2019).
      6. The Hidden Life of Trees by Peter Wohlleben, Greystone Books (2016).
      7. One Eagle Soaring by Roy Henry Vickers & Robert Budd, Harbour Publishing (2018).
      8. Raven Squawk, Orca Squeak by Roy Henry Vickers & Robert Budd, Harbour Publishing (2020). 
      9. Vancouver Exposed by Eve Lazarus, Arsenal Pulp Press (2020). 
      10. A Match Made for Murder by Iona Whishaw, TouchWood Editions (2020).
      11. A Killer in King's Cove by Iona Whishaw, TouchWood Editions (2016).
      12. Hello Humpback! by Roy Henry Vickers & Robert Budd, Harbour Publishing (2017).
      13. Curve of Time by  M. Wylie Blanchet, Whitecap Books (2011). 
      14. When We Are Kind by Monique Gray Smith, Orca Book Publishers (2020). 
      15. Sockeye Silver, Saltchuck Blue, by Roy Henry Vickers & Robert Budd, Harbour Publishing (2019).
      16. Edible and Medicinal Flora of the West Coast: British Columbia and the Pacific Northwest by Collin Varner, Heritage House Publishing (2020).
      17. The E. J. Hughes Book of Boats by Robert Amos, TouchWood Editions (2020).
      18. A Field Guide to Edible Mushrooms of the Pacific Northwest by Daniel Winkler, Harbour Publishing (2011). 
      19. Can You Hear the Trees Talking? by Peter Wohlleben, Greystone Books (2019). 
      20. Whitewater Cooks: More Beautiful Food by Shelley Adams, Alicon Holdings Ltd. (2017).