Indigo staff read 5,000 books and cast 4,000 votes to determine 2021 top 10 – Victoria News



A page turner on intergenerational trauma tops Indigo’s list of best books of 2021.

Indigo staff read 5,000 books throughout the year and cast 4,000 votes, before discussing favorites and deliberating for 20 hours to determine an official selection of curated titles.

“It’s one of my favorite days of the year – when we share our highly anticipated book recommendations with Canadians,” Rania Husseini, senior vice president of printing at Indigo, said in a statement.

Topping the list is The Strangers by Katherena Vermette, one of Canada’s most esteemed Indigenous writers.

Vermette is a Métis writer from the Red River (Michif) of Treaty 1 territory, Winnipeg. A companion to his best-selling book, The Break, The Strangers is a searing exploration of race, class, trauma, and matrilineal bonds that refuse to be broken.

“From chronicles of a cancer survivor’s 15,000-mile journey across the United States to magical, eerie, modern romance on a subway train, there really is something for everyone. We are honored to amplify the diverse voices of today’s literary world, through a fantastic roster led by Katherena Vermette’s The Strangers, ”said Husseini.

The best Indigo books in 2021:

1. Katherena Vermette’s Strangers

2. Unreconciled by Jesse Wente

3. Between two kingdoms of Suleika Jaouad

4. The Apollo Murders by Chris Hadfield

5. Dark Roads by Chevy Stevens

6. One last stop by Casey McQuiston

7. Call me Indian by Fred Sasakamoose

8. The one who became the sun of Shelley Parker-Chan

9. The Bomber Mafia by Malcolm Gladwell

10. Perplexity by Richard Powers

The complete list of the best books of 2021 as well as the lists of the best books for teenagers, the best books for children and the best books in French are online at and in stores.

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