December Round-Up: The Incredible Books of 2016

Dec 28, 2016

December is a great time for reflecting on the year behind us. Here at Page Two, we’re taking a moment to celebrate the incredible books our clients published in 2016—over thirty of them! Several have landed on “Best of 2016” book lists, several have been bestsellers, and several have won or been shortlisted for awards. These are just a handful of their notable accomplishments in 2016.


The Arrogant AutocratThe Arrogant Autocrat by Mel Hurtig

  • We were very proud to support the amazing Mel Hurtig in publishing his bestselling and final book, The Arrogant Autocrat, which was written in protest of former Prime Minister Stephen Harper and his government. A Canadian man of letters who was widely known and respected for writing and publishing many books, Mel Hurtig passed away this year, and is sorely missed.

coachinghabitfrontcover_halfsize150dpi-210x300The Coaching Habit by Michael Bungay Stanier

  • Wall Street Journal bestseller
  • Amazon bestseller
  • National Indie Excellence Award winner
  • International Book Award finalist
  • Widespread international media coverage and endorsements from Brené Brown, Dan Pink, and many others


CourageSolutionCover_300dpiThe Courage Solution by Mindy Mackenzie

  • Wall Street Journal Bestseller
  • Received national media attention, including coverage in Forbes, Huffington Post, Fast Company, US News & World Report, and many prominent leadership podcasts




Finger up the Bum

Finger Up the Bum: A Guide to My Prostate Cancer by Michael Izen with illustrations by Jon Izen

  • Michael taught us all something about how humour can help us through incredibly difficult situations. He and his cartoonist brother Jon toured the Prairies this fall, promoting the book and landing on the McNally Robinson bestseller list.


Hot Thai Kitchen by Pailin Chongchitnanthotthaikitchen

  • After an extraordinarily successful launch, the book garnered sales worldwide, and Pailin wowed television audiences nationally with her poised cooking demos.
  • Pailin was also one of the hosts of Gusto’s One World Kitchen, which launched in June.


january_194wJanuary: A Woman Judge’s Season of Disillusion by Marie Corbett

  • Marie’s gutsy commentary on Canada’s legal system and a riveting interview on CBC’s The Current sparked a conversation across the country.




lastring_194wThe Last Ring Home: A POW’s Lasting Legacy of Courage, Love, and Honor in World War II by Minter Dial

  • Minter launched a companion documentary to this spellbinding book about his late grandfather on PBS on November 11, 2016.




LyonFrontCoverFinal_300dpiOlympic Lyon by Michael Cochrane

  • Launched in time for the 2016 Summer Olympics and received widespread coverage in golf and sports media, including CBC,, The Ottawa Citizen, Michigan Golf News, The Golf Channel, Reuters, and ESPN




redstartattooRed Star Tattoo: My Life As a Girl Revolutionary by Sonja Larsen

  • Hilary Weston Writers’ Trust Prize for Nonfiction finalist
  • #12 on the National Post’s list of 99 best books of the year
  • Now Toronto’s list of top 10 books of the year



RestPlayGrow_cover_RGB300dpiRest, Play, Grow: Making Sense of Preschoolers (Or Anyone Who Acts Like One) by Dr. Deborah MacNamara

  • Rest, Play, Grow was endorsed by Gabor Maté, Raffi, and more.
  • It sold well across Canada, and Dr. Deborah MacNamara also sold rights to the book in Germany, Russia, and Italy—as well as audiobook rights.


41nv7jt2jyl-_sx331_bo1204203200_Secret Life: The Jian Ghomeshi Investigation by Kevin Donovan

  • Globe and Mail bestseller
  • Toronto Star bestseller
  • The Walrus deemed it “a high point in the history of modern Canadian journalism.”




SeparationAnxiety_frontcover_endorsement_sRGB_smallSeparation Anxiety by Miji Campbell

  • Winner of the inaugural Independent Book Award (non-fiction category), presented at the Whistler Writer’s Festival





startle_194wStartle and Illuminate: Carol Shields on Writing
by Anne and Nicholas Giardini

  • CBC Books bestseller
  • McNally Robinson bestseller
  • Quill & Quire Editor’s Choice
  • Best Book (April 2016)
  • Canadian Spotlight Title (April 2016)


thisisthat_194wThis Is That: Travel Guide to Canada by CBC Radio’s This Is That team

  • National Post bestseller
  • Winnipeg Free Press bestseller
  • McNally Robinson bestseller





Thanks to all of you for making this such a memorable year!