These are the top 20 new B.C. books of 2018


It’s been another banner year for books published in British Columbia. Murder, ghost stories, hiking guides, fiction, in-depth explorations of major issues, life in nature, and powerful biographies kept readers in and out of our province inspired and enthralled in 2018.


While Vancouver has their own book awards each year, there’s also the annual BC Bestseller List, which charts the top-selling 20 tomes in the province each year. Using sales data from over 80 independent B.C. bookstores, the list represents sales from Jan. 1-Dec. 17, 2018 of B.C.-published books.

Author of Buffy Sainte Marie: The Authorized Biography, Andrea Warner. Photo Bob Kronbauer

Looking for something to read, or gift to a reader on your list? Check these out.

Top BC Bestsellers of 2018

20. Mountain Footsteps: Hikes in the East Kootenay of Southeastern British Columbia by Janice Strong (Rocky Mountain Books)

19. Property Values: A Novel by Charles Demers (Arsenal Pulp Press)

18. On Our Street: Our First Talk About Poverty by Dr. Jillian Roberts and Jaime Casap, illustrated by Jane Heinrichs (Orca Book Publishers)

17. Ghostly Campfire Stories of Western Canada by Barbara Smith (Heritage House Publishing)

16. Don’t Never Tell Nobody Nothin’ No How: The Real Story of West Coast Rum Running by Rick James (Harbour Publishing)

Eve Lazarus in the V.I.A. studio. Photo Bob Kronbauer

15. Murder by Milkshake: An Astonishing True Story of Adultery, Arsenic, and a Charismatic Killerby Eve Lazarus(Arsenal Pulp Press)

14. Jonny Appleseed: A Novel by Joshua Whitehead (Arsenal Pulp Press)

13. Dancing in Gumboots: Adventure, Love, and Resilience–Women of the Comox Valley, edited by Lou Allison(Caitlin Press)

12. It Begins in Betrayal: A Lane Winslow Mystery by Iona Whishaw (TouchWood Editions)

11. West Coast ABCs by Jocey Asnong (RMB | Rocky Mountain Books)

10. A West Coast Summer by Caroline Woodward, illustrated by Carol Evans (Harbour Publishing)

9. Grizzlies, Gales and Giant Salmon: Life at a Rivers Inlet Fishing Lodgeby Pat Ardley (Harbour Publishing)

8. Buffy Sainte-Marie: The Authorized Biography by Andrea Warner (Greystone Books)

7. The Hidden Life of Trees: Illustrated Edition by Peter Wohlleben (Greystone Books)

6. On the Rocks with Jack Knox: Islanders I Will Never Forget by Jack Knox (Heritage House Publishing)

5. EJ Hughes Paints Vancouver Island by Robert Amos (TouchWood Editions)

4. 105 Hikes In and Around Southwestern British Columbia by Stephen Hui (Greystone Books)

3. A Matter of Confidence: The Inside Story of the Political Battle for BC by Rob Shaw & Richard Zussman(Heritage House Publishing)

2. 21 Things You May Not Know About the Indian Act by Bob Joseph (Page Two Books)

1. One Eagle Soaring by Roy Henry Vickers and Robert Budd (Harbour Publishing)

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Lindsay is the Managing Editor of Vancouver Is Awesome, and the co-host and co-producer of the Vancouver Is Awesome Podcast. A fifth generation Vancouverite and life-long foodie, Lindsay also serves as a judge for the Vancouver Magazine Restaurant Awards. Previously the Food Editor of Daily Hive, Senior Editor of Vancity Buzz, and Editor-in-Chief of, in her past life in L.A. she earned an MA in English, attended culinary school, and was an English professor. Lindsay's first published piece was December 1980 in The Province; it was her letter to Santa. E-mail: // Twitter/Instagram: @squashblossom