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It’s a Three-peat! Vancouver, Calgary and Saskatoon Remain atop List of Canadian Cities that Love to Read

Vancouver takes the top spot overall for the second year in a row and ranks No. 1 in purchases for business, cooking, travel, self-help and health books

Ontario dominates the list for the third year in a row with nine cities placing in the top 20

SEATTLE, WA, June 21, 2016 - To kick-off the summer reading season, today announced its fourth annual list of Canadian Cities that Love to Read. The list was compiled after gathering sales data from all book sales in print and Kindle format from May 2015 to May 2016 on a per capita basis in cities with more than 100,000 residents.

This year, the Top 20 Canadian Cities that Love to Read are:

1. Vancouver, British Columbia 11. Burnaby, British Columbia
2. Calgary, Alberta 12. Richmond, British Columbia
3. Saskatoon, Saskatchewan 13. Mississauga, Ontario
4. Edmonton, Alberta 14. Windsor, Ontario
5. Regina, Saskatchewan 15. Surrey, British Columbia
6. London, Ontario 16. Gatineau, Quebec
7. Toronto, Ontario 17. Markham, Ontario
8. Kitchener, Ontario 18. Brampton, Ontario
9. Ottawa, Ontario 19. Halifax, Nova Scotia
10. Winnipeg, Manitoba 20. Hamilton, Ontario

Taking a closer look at the data, also revealed:

  • Top 11 Hold Strong: Not only did Vancouver, Calgary and Saskatoon maintain their spots in the top three, but each city in the top 11 kept a strong hold on their position, cementing their love of reading. Cities that upped their reading game and advanced their position on the list include Richmond (moving to No. 12 from No. 13 last year) and Surrey (up to No. 15 from No. 16 last year).
  • The Digital West: Canada’s western cities of Vancouver, Calgary and Edmonton purchased the most Kindle titles over the past year. The best-selling Kindle title overall was the psychological thriller, The Girl on the Train (Doubleday Canada).
  • Saskatoon’s Reading List: While Vancouver ranked highest in the business, cooking, travel, self-help, and health categories, Saskatoon purchased the most nonfiction and sci-fi books, as well as books by Canadian authors. Regina showed its romantic side, purchasing the most romance novels.
  • Colour Your World: Not only do Canadians love to read, but they also love to colour, with many adult colouring books among this year’s best-sellers. The most popular were Lost Ocean: An Inky Adventure and Colouring Book for Adults (Penguin Books), Harry Potter: Colouring Book (Scholastic Inc.), and Enchanted Forest: An Inky Quest & Colouring Book (Laurence King Publishing).

For additional suggestions to build out your summer reading list, book editors today introduced their Best Books of the Year So Far list, which include titles such as End of Watch: A Novel (Scribner) by Stephen King and The Nest (HarperVenue) by Cynthia D'Aprix Sweeney. This year's top 40 list also features novels by Canadian authors, including The High Mountains of Portugal: A Novel (Knopf Canada) by Yann Martel, City of the Lost (Random House Canada) by Kelley Armstrong, and 13 Ways of Looking at a Fat Girl (Penguin Canada) by this year's First Novel Award winner, Mona Awad. Book lovers can view the full lists which include the Best Children's Books of the Year So Far at

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