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Why Christians Should Read Sports Books | Athletes in ActionSports literature does not only include biographies of greats like Muhammad Ali, Jackie Robinson, Tiger Woods or Althea Gibson, but also literature - fiction and nonfiction - about the games people play as backdrops to wondrous stories. Writers may use a female pitcher as a protagonist or a young male whose best friend is his basketball to tell the tale of their lives, draw inspiration from historical and iconic athletes to fill the pages of prose, or use enviable relationships to share secrets and expose their lives. In February of 2020, the Key West Literary Seminar was dedicated to the theme "Reading Between the Lines: Sports & Literature". It featured the works of: Megan Abbot, Amy Bass, Buzz Bissinger, Daniel James Brown, Analise Chen, Geoff Dyer, Paul Goldberger, Gish Jen, Jane Leavy, David Maraniss, Michael Mewshaw, Emily Nemens, Joyce Carol Oates, Rowan Ricardo Phillips, Arnold Rampersad, Leanne Shapton, Lionel Shriver, Louisa Thomas, Kevin Young. Some of whom appear in this guide and can be found in Carl S. Swisher Library, but this is only a small sampling of the writers who have written about sports in literature across all genres. 

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