CBC Books presents the Summer Sports Showdown


UPDATE: The polls are now closed. Thanks to everyone who voted and entered the contest draw! The winning books will be revealed on Wednesday, August 15th, so check back then!

The triumph, the defeat, the sacrifices, the pain, the getting to the top and the falling short: the excruciating and emotional journey of an athlete lends itself nicely to literature. And with the Games beginning on July 27, the sports fans on the CBC Books team got thinking: what are some of the best sports-related reads of all time? And how would they fare pitted against each other?

We decided to put them to the test in the Summer Sports Showdown.

The CBC Books team chose 10 summer sports, and then selected five great titles featuring that sport. The books selected could be from any literary genre, had to be available in English, and could be from any country in the world.

Now, it's up to you, sports fans. Cast your vote for the book you feel is the best representation of writing about that game. You can vote once per day per category from Wednesday, July 25, to 11:59 p.m. ET on Sunday, August 12. On Wednesday. August 15, we'll reveal the first, second and third place winners for each of the 10 categories.

But that's not all! We want to give you a chance to win! After casting your vote, answer the following question in the comments below:

Thumbnail image for colour-HC-Canada1.jpgWhat is your all-time favourite sports read and why?


Everyone who answers will be entered in a random draw a to win a Sony Readerâ„¢ Digital Book or one of two sports book prize packs -- consisting of four titles each -- from HarperCollins Canada.

Comments must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. ET on Sunday, August 12, to be eligible.

The complete rules and regulations are here. Good luck!

Correction: Hope Solo's memoir, Solo: A Memoir of Hope, was included in the Soccer category before it was publicly available. The book was removed from contention. The votes for the other four books in the Soccer category remained intact. CBC Books apologizes to Hope Solo and wish her team the best of luck during the London 2012 Games. We encourage you to check out Solo: A Memoir of Hope when it hits bookstores on August 14, 2012.