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Booksellers say autumn season was 'best ever'
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Toronto Star - Toronto, Ont.
Author: Slopen, Beverley
Date: Jan 10, 1988
Start Page: A.20
Section: NEWS
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"We were also surprised at how well Metamorphosis by David Suzuki (General) sold," [Nigel Berrisford] said. "It was our bestselling Canadian published book." He noted that it sold better than the autobiography of Edward Greenspan, written with George Jonas (Macmillan). Helena Aalto at Coles also indicates that the story of Suzuki the scientist outsold the exploits of Greenspan the lawyer in their stores. (According to one source, there were 35,000 copies of the Greenspan book in the shops.)

Booksellers expected that the books by Pierre Berton, Farley Mowat and Peter Newman would do well, and they did. But the final tally had some surprises. Berrisford said that Berton's autobiography, Starting Out, did well, contradicting the various bestseller lists. Newman's Caesars Of The Wilderness didn't do as well as the forecast at W. H. Smith where Berrisford expected it to hold first place. But at Coles, the performance of the book matched expectations of selling in the top 10.

Longhouse, which specializes in Canadian literature, did extraordinarily well with Gabrielle Roy's autobiography, Enchantment And Sorrow (Lester & Orpen Dennys); Charles Ritchie's collection of reminiscences, My Grandfather's House (Macmillan); a biography of poet F. R. Scott by Sandra Djwa and Michael Ondaatje's novel, In The Skin Of A Lion (McClelland & Stewart).

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