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Four Canadian authors make the Top 10 Books of the Year

SEATTLE, Nov. 13, 2012 /CNW/ - today announced their annual list of the Best Books of the Year ( Chosen by book editors, the list features the Top 100 books published in Canada during 2012, as well as the Top Ten books in individual categories like Literature & Fiction, Cooking, Food and Wine and Biographies & Memoirs, to name a few. Highlighting this year's list are forty-four Canadian authors, including four in the top 10.

"In 2012, we have seen a diverse and interesting range of books published that speaks to all types of readers," said Steve Oliver, country manager for "From new books by beloved Canadian authors like 'Dear Stories,' to memoirs like 'Waging Heavy Peace,' and thrillers like our top pick, 'Gone Girl' - there is something for everyone on this year's list."

Topping the list of the best books of 2012 is "Gone Girl," by Gillian Flynn, an enthralling psychological thriller about a marriage gone wrong. Customers can also discover a fictional account of George Mallory's final attempt to conquer Mount Everest; a story of a boy who searches for justice on a reservation in North Dakota; a remarkable memoir about a man and his mother who bond over a shared love of books during her last days; a harrowing story of two soldiers trying to stay alive in Iraq; and many other titles that should be on every book-lover's reading list.

Here are's top ten books of the year:

  1. "Gone Girl" by Gillian Flynn (Crown) - Mystery, Thriller & Suspense
  2. "Above All Things"* by Tanis Rideout (McClelland & Stewart) - Literature & Fiction
  3. "The Round House" by Louise Erdrich (Harper) - Literature & Fiction
  4. "The Yellow Birds" by Kevin Powers (Little, Brown and Company) - Literature & Fiction
  5. "The End of Your Life Book Club" by Will Schwalbe (Knopf Canada) - Biographies & Memoirs
  6. "419"* by Will Ferguson (Viking Canada) - Literature & Fiction
  7. "Behind the Beautiful Forevers" by Katherine Boo (Random House) - Nonfiction
  8. "Carnival"* by Rawi Hage (House of Anansi Press) - Literature & Fiction
  9. "The Beautiful Mystery"* by Louise Penny (Minotuar Books) - Mystery, Thriller & Suspense
  10. "The Signal and the Noise" by Nate Silver (The Penguin Press) - Nonfiction

* Books with asterisks (*) are by Canadian authors.

Forty-four Canadian authors are featured this year, including notable Can-Lit favourites Alice Munro (#17 - Dear Life), Vincent Lam (#14 - The Headmaster's Wager), Annabel Lyon (#46 - The Sweet Girl), and Emma Donoghue (#82 - Astray). The list also includes two biographies featuring Canadian cultural icons Neil Young (#42 - Waging Heavy Peace) and Leonard Cohen (#50 - I'm Your Man). Additionally, a number of new Canadian voices are highlighted, including Tanis Rideout (#2 - Above All Things), Majorie Celona (#30 - Y), and Anakana Schofield (#48 - Malarky).

To see the complete list of the best books of the year and top ten picks in several popular categories, go to:

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