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This week’s book cover theme is sports. Find out more about each title below. But first, pick your favourite cover!


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Grey Cup Century (by Michael Januska): The Terrible Tripper of 1957, the 1962 Fog Bowl, Vic Washington’s Fabulous Fumble in 1968, Tony Gabriel’s Classic Catch in 1976, Henry “Gizmo” Williams’s Wild Run in 1987, and Dave Ridgway’s Magnificent Kick in 1989 are some of the legendary moments leading up to the 100th Grey Cup game in November 2012 in Toronto. You’ll find all of them in Grey Cup Century and much more.

Canadian football has had a long and storied history dating back to the 1860s. In 1909, Earl Grey, the governor general of Canada, donated a trophy to honour the best amateur rugby football club in the country. The first team to win a Grey Cup was the University of Toronto Varsity Blues.

In 1954 the Canadian Football League, a professional organization, took over sole control of the Cup. Since then gridiron giants such as Sam Etcheverry, Norm Kwong, Jackie Parker, Russ Jackson, Ron Lancaster, Lui Passaglia, Doug Flutie, and Michael “Pinball” Clemons have dazzled fans in an annual championship that now attracts as many as six million television viewers.

Canada’s Other Game (Brian I. Daly): Record numbers of Canadian youths are taking up basketball, but the sport languishes in the shadow of hockey. Faced with limited opportunities, students flock to U.S. prep schools and colleges every year to chase their dreams of NBA stardom.

Toronto media mogul Jack Kent Cooke realized his California dreams by buying the Los Angeles Lakers, bringing the team its first NBA championship in 1973. A decade earlier, Vancouver-born Pete Newell built a hoops juggernaut at the University of Southern California. Then there’s Victoria’s Steve Nash, whose whirling-dervish style and dazzling passing earned him two NBA MVP Awards.

A new generation of stars now stands poised to take Nash’s place at the pinnacle of the sport. But will the legions of young, hungry players continue to flee south? This book chronicles basketball’s struggle to overcome its history as a poor cousin in a hockey-mad nation.

Let it Snow (Darryl & William Humber): Winter has shaped Canada’s image and has been embraced with hearty enthusiasm from snowshoeing hikers in the nineteenth century, to future hockey stars on backyard rinks, to the indoor spectacle of figure-skating carnivals and curling bonspiels. Much of our literature, our songs, and our memories of youth reflect the bracing tonic that winter brings even as we curse the ice-laden roads on morning commutes or during weekend ski trips. But alas, winter’s demise to a weak reminder of its former glory is a real possibility as climate change wreaks long-term havoc. This timely book takes a fond look at winter’s past, its place in Canada’s story, and how it has shaped our sports history. It also explores what climate change means for our sense of Canadian identity, for our winter sports heritage and its related industries, and for our ability to hold winter sporting events beyond the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver.

Dazed But Not Confused (Kevin Callan): Kevin Callan presents his best adventures — and misadventures — in the wilderness. Entertaining, yet enlightening, the stories are full of enthusiasm and are designed to get people to explore the wilderness on their own, and it’s hoped, be inspired to protect what’s still left.

These captured moments of a life spent travelling in secluded areas and promoting their importance to all of us aren’t just for outdoorsy types. The stories relate to a much broader audience: readers who have pondered sleeping under the stars or paddling a canoe across a calm lake or down wild rapids, or even venturing into the winter woods. After reading this book, they’ll want to pack up and go the very next day.