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The Top 25 Bestselling Local Authors’ Books of 2016

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Ok, I’m a little behind on blog posts here. Since I didn’t post the bestselling local authors for the last few months of the year, I thought I’d start the year out with a good recap of the local author books that we sold all year, and round up the best of the best for you. All of these readers can’t be wrong, so this is an excellent place to look for your next read, and in the process support a local author, local bookshop, and sometimes even a local publisher (and almost always a small press, even if not local).

It took me far longer than I expected to get this tallied, but here you go:

The Top 25 Bestselling Local Authors’ Books of 2016, from over 325 individual titles sold:

1. CM Spivey – From Under the Mountain
2. Margaret Malone – People Like You
3. Kate Ristau – Shadow Girl
4. Carolyn Wood – Tough Girl
5. Lizzy Shannon – A Song of Bullets
6. Karelia Stetz-Waters – Forgive Me If I’ve Told You This Before
Cindy Brown – Macdeath
LeeAnn McLennan – Root
9. Kate Ristau – Clockbreakers
Bill Cameron – Property of the State
11. Ursula Le Guin – The Wild Girls
Rene Denfeld – The Enchanted
Gigi Little (ed) – City of Weird
Bill Cameron – Lost Dog
Kelly Running – Celtic Ties
D’Norgia Taylor – Seedlings
17. Ursula Le Guin – The Wizard of Earthsea
Robert Hill – The Remnants
Marlene Hill – A Matter of Trust
20. Brian Doyle – Mink River
Kate Gray – Carry the Sky
Liz Prato (ed) – The Night, and the Rain, and the River
Kate Ristau – Comma; A Primer
Kate Gray – Another Sunset We Survive
Karelia Stetz-Waters – Something True

I feel like it’s worth noting here that this is a representation of a lot of genres, so there literally is something here for everyone. Also, that Kate Gray’s Another Sunset We Survive made this list as the only book of poetry here. And that the local Forest Avenue Press has *4* books on this list and missed getting another here by 1 sale.

Actually, I think we should do a few smaller genre lists, since I worked so hard on making this tally. So:

The Top 5 Bestselling Local Mystery Books

1. Cindy Brown – Macdeath
2. Bill Cameron – Lost Dog
Kelly Running – Celtic Ties
4. Bill Cameron – Chasing Smoke
Kelly Running – Medicine Wheel
Jeanette Hubbard – Chasing Nathan

The Top 5 Bestselling Local Short Story Collections

1. Margaret Malone – People Like You
2. Gigi Little (ed) – City of Weird
3. Liz Prato (ed) – The Night, and the Rain, and the River
4. M Allen Cunningham – Date of Disappearance
Monica Drake – The Folly of Loving Life
Liz Prato – Baby’s on Fire
Lori Lake (ed) – Lesbians on the Loose

The Top 5 Bestselling Local Poetry Collections

1. Kate Gray – Another Sunset We Survive
2. Ursula Le Guin – Late in the Day
Nancy Slavin – Oregon Pacific
Sam Roxas-Chua – Everything Has a Mouth
Judith Arcana – Here From Somewhere Else

The Top 5 Bestselling Local Sci-Fi/Fantasy Books

1. CM Spivey – From Under the Mountain
2. LeeAnn McLennan – Root
3. Ursula Le Guin – The Wizard of Earthsea
4. Ursula Le Guin – Sisters of the Revolution
5. Tina Connolly – Ironskin

The Top 5 Bestselling Local Historical Fiction Books

1. Lizzy Shannon – A Song of Bullets
2. Margaret Pinard – The Keening
3. Joyce Cresswell – A Great Length of Time
4. Patricia Kullberg – Girl in the River
5. BJ Scott – The Rail Queen

The Top 5 Bestselling Local Nonfiction/Memoir Books

1. Carolyn Wood – Tough Girl
2. Sean Davis – The Wax Bullet War
3. Lois Melina – Forged in Fire
4. CB Bernard – Chasing Alaska
5Kate Carroll de Gutes – Objects in Mirror are Closer Than They Appear
Karen Karbo – How Georgia Became O’Keefe

The Top 5 Bestselling Local Young Adult/Middle Grade Books

1. Kate Ristau – Shadow Girl
2. Bill Cameron – Property of the State
3. Kate Ristau – Clockbreakers
4. Ursula Le Guin – The Wizard of Earthsea
5. Tina Connolly – Seriously Wicked

And last but certainly not least to this reader, The Top 5 Bestselling Local Longform Literary Fiction Books

1. Karelia Stetz-Waters – Forgive Me If I’ve Told You This Before
2. Rene Denfeld – The Enchanted
3. Robert Hill – The Remnants
4. Brian Doyle – Mink River
5. Kate Gray – Carry the Sky

Thank you all for supporting your local authors in 2016 and into the future!

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