Smithers Library’s top books of 2019

A list of the most popular non-fiction, novels, and movies.

The Smithers Public Library was a busy hub in 2019 and saw many readers taking out books about Indigenous history and reading fiction by Indigenous authors.

“It is exciting to see evidence of such widespread interest,” said Library Director Wendy Wright. “We are proud to be supporting Truth and Reconciliation in our community through making these materials freely available.”

The most popular adult non-fiction book last year was Shared Histories: Witsuwit’en-settler relations in Smithers, British Columbia, 1913-1973 by Tyler McCreary.

The number two spot went to Educated : A memoir by Tara Westover. The next most popular non-fiction book was 21 Things you may not know about the Indian Act: Helping Canadians make reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples a reality by Bob Joseph followed by Indigenous relations : insights, tips & suggestions to make reconciliation a reality by Bob Joseph.

On the fiction side the most popular novel was Washington Black by Esi Edugyan.

The second most read book was Trickster Drift by Eden Robinson; then Every Breath by Nicholas Sparks and Indian Horse by Richard Wagamese.

Wright added library patrons also borrowed 7,458 eBooks and downloaded 5,767 eAudiobooks.

The library also has a large DVD collection. The most popular DVDs taken out in 2019 were Game of Thrones, First Man and Boy Erased.

The children’s movie collection saw Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, Curious George and Beauty and the Beast borrowed the most.

Family Literacy Week runs from Jan. 26- Feb. 2 and the local library is celebrating by putting out activity sheets in the children’s room for families to do together. The week kicks of with a children’s story time by The Interior News editor Thom Barker reading from his book Lady MacBeth: Afraid of the Stairs on Sat. Jan. 25. The reading will be followed by a craft.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here


The most popular adult non-fiction book last year was Shared Histories: Witsuwit’en-settler relations in Smithers, British Columbia, 1913-1973 by Tyler McCreary. (File photo)

The most popular novel at the Smithers Library in 2019 was Washington Black by Esi Edugyan.

Just Posted

Minister of Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation and hereditary chiefs agree to future meeting

Scott Fraser was in Smithers on Jan. 22 and spoke with Office of the Wet’suwet’en representatives

Unist’ot’en Camp say RCMP have changed 27 kilometre roadblock rules

Footage shows RCMP telling an unidentified lawyer they can’t re-enter the checkpoint

B.C. Indigenous communities receive funding for hands-on trades training

Nuxalk, Witset, Penticton Indian Band, TRU Williams Lake, and Camosun College among beneficiaries

Telkwa bridge struck by empty logging truck

The truck hit the bridge on its east side and appears to have damaged a wooden beam

12 Wet’suwet’en supporters arrested by VicPD

Protesters rallied against Coastal GasLink pipeline

Fashion Fridays: The basics you need for your body type

Kim XO, helps to keep you looking good on Fashion Fridays on the Black Press Media Network

New U.S. LNG terminal near northwestern B.C. town proposed

AlaskCAN International LNG wants terminal just over Canadian border, but using B.C gas

Couple wonders who’s in a Cariboo photo that’s been hanging in their home for years

Charles and Lynn Dick believe the image was taken at the 70 Mile Road House

Here’s what Canada is doing to stop the coronavirus from getting in

Health officials are monitoring multiple possible cases in Canada

‘I would not go’ to China says B.C. traveller concerned about coronavirus

Alice Li said she goes to China every other year but would scrap any travel plans

Royal Canadian Legion expels B.C. member for wearing unearned military commendations

‘Stolen valour is stolen service and it’s just totally wrong’

‘Latte-sipping urbanites’ need to realize value of mining in B.C., association head says

Industry generates a total of $3.9 billion in sales of goods and service across the province

Uber, Lyft approved for ride-hailing in Lower Mainland

Kater Technologies Inc.’s application was rejected

B.C. man rescued after getting trapped headfirst in well as water level rose

The rescue involved crews from Oak Bay and Saanich

Most Read