A lot of the novels on the best-seller list have been shortlisted for the Canadian National Book Awards, but the selection committee says a lot of them are Canadian.
In the last four years, six of the top 10 best-selling Canadian novels have been by authors in the province of Quebec, and those novels include:The New Yorker’s Elizabeth Gilbert has won the prize in the same category five times, and The New York Times’ Rebecca Solnit has won it twice.
In 2014, The Toronto Star’s Peter Allen won the award for his memoir, “I Was a Teenager,” which was the second-best-selling book in the country in its first week of release.
And in 2015, the National Book Foundation announced that The New Yorker author Daniel Handler won the same award in the fiction category for “The Story of My Life.”
There are a few Canadian authors who have been nominated for the prize but haven’t won it yet, and they include:Hannah Arendt’s “The Origins of Totalitarianism” was the bestseller in Canada in 2017, but it was not nominated for an NBIA award.
That honor went to author Anna Wintour.
The National Book Award is awarded to the most outstanding literary work of the 20th century.