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Leonard Cohen's Book of Longing Tops Jesus, Marley for Number One in Non-fiction

Collection of Poems is Canada’s Top Seller in Poetry So Far This Year

TORONTO May 11, 2006 – Leonard Cohen’s much-anticipated Book of Longing, a collection of poems, drawings and epigrams, has topped Canada’s non-fiction best seller list and has outstripped perennial favorite The Prophet as the country’s bestselling book of poetry so far this year, according to data collected by BookNet Canada.

Book of Longing is Cohen’s first book since 1993’s Stranger Music and comes on the heels of news of his financial ruin at the hands of a business manager. Cohen has been awarded US $9 million in a civil suit he filed in California against his former business manager, Kelley Lynch, whom he accused of fraud, negligence and breaches of contract and fiduciary duty during her 16-year tenure. Sales will likely be helped further by Leonard Cohen: I’m Your Man, a documentary slated for theatrical release this month.

The attention to Cohen has also sparked sales of his backlist titles – Book of Mercy, first published in 1984, is number 11 in terms of poetry sales year to date.


Canada’s top 10 non-fiction titles are:

  1. Book of Longing, Leonard Cohen
  2. Rachael Ray Express Lane Meals, Rachael Ray
  3. Marley and Me, John Grogan
  4. France, Dorling Kindersley Publishing Staff
  5. Weber’s Real Grilling, Jamie Purviance
  6. Beyond the Small Circle, Marjorie Anderson
  7. Night, Elie Wiesel
  8. The Weather Makers, Tim Flannery
  9. My Life So Far, Jane Fonda
  10. The Jesus Papers, Michael Baigent


Canada’s top 20 books of poetry, year to date, are:

  1. Book of Longing by Leonard Cohen
  2. The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran
  3. Rooms for Rent in the Outer Planets by Al Purdy
  4. Beowulf by translated by Seamus Heaney
  5. Irish Blessings by Ashley Shannon
  6. Gilgamesh by translated by Stephen Mitchell
  7. Break, Blow, Burn by Camille Paglia
  8. The Iliad by Homer
  9. Mother by Maya Angelou
  10. Reflections of a Peacemaker by Mattie Stepanek
  11. Book of Mercy by Leonard Cohen
  12. A Wild Peculiar Joy by Irving Layton
  13. Love Poems
  14. The Rose that Grew from Concrete by Tupac Shakur
  15. The Best of Robert Service by Robert Service
  16. Amazing Peace by Maya Angelou
  17. The Divine Comedy Vol. 1 by Dante Alighieri
  18. Good Poems
  19. The Story by Michael Ondaatje
  20. Good Poems for Hard Times by Garrison Keillor

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