End of a literary feud—over baseball

Toronto and Kansas City libraries created series of their own

This defeat of the Toronto Blue Jays in the American League Championship Series (ALCS) also marked the end of the #bookspinepoetry battle between the Toronto and Kansas City Public Libraries.

On Friday night, the Kansas City Royals defeated the Blue Jays in game six of the ALCS, eliminating the Jays and marking the end of the baseball season in Toronto.

Shortly after the Kansas City Royals had defeated the Toronto Blue Jays in game four on Oct. 20, the Kansas City Public Library took to social media and used book spines to send a message to Toronto and the Blue Jays. This marked the beginning of the #bookspinepoetry battle between the two cities.

Toronto did not back down, as the Toronto Public Library sent a message of its own supporting the Blue Jays.

Sports fans enjoyed the literary feud.

“I think it’s fantastic the way sports unite people of all backgrounds. Particularly in a sports city like Toronto, it’s great to see the Toronto Public Library coming through and supporting our boys in a clever way,” said Zenaira Ali, a sports fanatic and avid reader. “I think it’s also a fun way to remind people of all ages there are books geared towards their unique interests and that reading is truly for everyone.”

The #bookspinepoetry battle continued back and forth on Twitter before and after each game, including after Friday’s game six. 

Despite the upset, the Toronto Library displayed good sportsmanship and replied to Kansas one last time.