Ten books from five publishers make up the list of the highest-selling books produced by Saskatchewan publishers. The full list in order:
The Great Saskatchewan Bucket List (Parkland Publishing)
Cream Money: Stories of Prairie People (DriverWorks Ink)
Fun on the Farm: True Tales of Farm Life (DriverWorks Ink)
Western Canadian Farm Trivia, 2nd Edition (Parkland Publishing)
The Education of Augie Merasty (University of Regina Press)
The Cypress Hills Massacre (Saskatchewan Archaeological Society)
Firewater: How Alcohol is Killing My People (And Yours) (University of Regina Press)
Good Morning, Sunshine! (Your Nickel’s Worth Publishing)
The Surprising Lives of Small-Town Doctors (University of Regina Press)
ABC’s Down on the Farm (Your Nickel’s Worth Publishing)
“This year’s best sellers showcase interest in our very own backyards and farmyards,” said Jillian Bell, director of marketing for SaskBooks.
“Best sellers list spans genres across Saskatchewan this year, including local and personal histories, trivia and travel books, children’s books and several anthologies capturing snippets of rural life.”
Parkland Publishing, based in Saskatoon, had the best selling book of the year with their travel guide, The Great Saskatchewan Bucket List ($19.95), and the fourth best selling book with Western Canadian Farm Trivia, 2nd Edition ($16.95).
The University of Regina Press published three books that made the list, the most of any publisher this year. The Education of Augie Merasty, a residential school memoir, by Joseph A. Merasty and David Carpenter ($21.95), Firewater: How Alcohol is Killing My People (And Yours), a passionate call to action by lawyer Harold R. Johnson ($16.95) and The Surprising Lives of Small-Town Doctors, edited by Paul Dhillon, with contributions by familiar names such as Dr. Ryan Meili, documenting the unique challenges and rewards of the rural Canadian doctor ($21.95).
Another Regina publisher, DriverWorks Ink, had two lighthearted books of prairie anecdotes make the best sellers list, taking up second and third spots. Cream Money: Stories of Prairie People ($19.95) and Fun on the Farm: True Tales of Farm Life ($17.95).
Sixth place on the best seller list went to Saskatchewan Archaeological Society, based in Saskatoon, with the history book The Cypress Hills Massacre, edited by Robert Clipperton ($35).
Your Nickel’s Worth Publishing, from Regina, rounded out the list with a children’s book, Good Morning, Sunshine!, by Trina Markusson and James Hearne ($15.95), and another that teaches kids their ABC’s Down on the Farm, by Eileen Munro ($12.95).
The 2016 Best Sellers List, featuring 10 books by Saskatchewan publishers, is now available at www.saskbooks.com . These books, along with hundreds of others, are available at saskbooks.com, or wherever books are sold.