12 Days of CanLit: Sports


Have you been avoiding your calendar, in denial about the shrinking number of shopping days before Christmas? The holiday season is upon us, and whether you're looking for gifts to set under a tree or around a menorah or just for some non-denominational seasonal giving (or reading!), we've got 12 days of book recommendations coming your way. With 12 different categories, we've got books for everyone from foodies to fiction addicts to sports buffs missing their beloved hockey this winter. On the third day of CanLit we bring you three reads that take you inside the locker room of three very different sports.

100 Grey Cups: This Is Our Game by Stephen Brunt


Earlier this year, when the Toronto Argonauts defeated the Calgary Stampeders 35-22 at the Rogers Centre in Toronto, the Grey Cup was hoisted for the 100th time in its long history. This history, as well as the history of the Canadian Football League and its teams, is thoroughly and entertainingly outlined in Stephen Brunt's new book, 100 Grey Cups. Brunt relates silly anecdotes and the lore of championship games with equal gusto, and the book includes a wealth of photos sure to delight any (Canadian) football fan.

Stephen Brunt spoke about the Grey Cup's history and the CFL on Daybreak Alberta.

Swimming Studies by Leanne Shapton


Swimming Studies isn't a conventional sports memoir. Shapton was an almost-been -- she swam in the 1988 and 1992 Canadian Olympic trials, but didn't make the team -- and her methodical, solitary and dedicated approach to her training makes for a surprisingly captivating and poetic story. The dream-like prose is accompanied by whimsical art by Shapton herself, including a photo gallery of her swimsuit collection. There's something for everyone in this book, so dive in.

Listen to Leanne Shapton talk about Swimming Studies on The Next Chapter.

My Year of the Racehorse: Falling in Love with the Sport of Kings by Kevin Chong


In Kevin Chong's memoir, he isn't the athlete. He's the part-owner of a racehorse. After buying a stake in a horse on a whim, Chong immerses himself in the wild world of professional horse racing: he chronicles everything from the physical demands of being a jockey to the financial demands of owning a horse to the strong emotional connection he makes with this world's inhabitants, both human and equine. My Year of the Racehorse touches the business side of the sport world in unexpected and entertaining ways.

Kevin Chong talks about horse racing on NXNW.

12 Days of CanLit