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Oct. 17: Shaun Assael, Matthew Futterman, and S.L. Price

Gelf returns to The Gallery at Le Poisson Rouge with a night of books about boxing, sports business, and small-town football. The guest authors are ESPN the Magazine senior writer Shaun Assael, author of The Murder of Sonny Liston: Las Vegas, Heroin, and Heavyweights; Wall Street Journal sportswriter Matthew Futterman, author of Players: The Story of Sports and Money, and the Visionaries Who Fought to Create a Revolution; and Sports Illustrated writer S.L. Price, author of Playing Through the Whistle: Steel, Football, and an American Town.


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August 17: Varsity Letters at The Gallery at LPR in Manhattan.

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August 17 Varsity Letters: Tennis Night

Varsity Letters, New York's sports reading series, returns to The Gallery at Le Poisson Rouge with a night devoted to tennis, including a look ahead to the U.S. Open and Serena Williams's quest for an Open-era record 23rd major title. At this event, hosted by Gelf, Caitlin Thompson, co-founder of Racquet Magazine—which is publishing its first issue later this month— and cohost of The Main Draw podcast, will be joined by Racquet contributor Gerald Marzorati, who also writes about tennis for and is the author of Late to the Ball, his tennis memoir; Bart Davis, co-author with Richard Williams of Black and White: The Way I See It; and Varsity Letters alum Tom Perrotta, who writes about tennis for The Wall Street Journal and is not the author of Little Children.

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July 12: Olympics Night

Varsity Letters regular Dave Zirin will discuss his book Brazil's Dance with the Devil and what's really going down in Rio. He'll be joined by David Davis, author of Waterman: The Life and Times of Duke Kahanamoku, who'll discuss America's first superstar Olympic Swimmer. Dvora Meyers will read from and discuss her new book, The End of the Perfect 10: The Making and Breaking of Gymnastics' Top Score from Nadia to Now.

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June 15: Remembering The Greatest

Gelf returns to The Gallery at Le Poisson Rouge with a night devoted to the legacy of Muhammad Ali and the writing he inspired. Robert Lipsyte, a longtime sportswriter who penned the fighter's New York Times obituary, will discuss what it was like to cover Ali. He'll be joined by Alex Belth, editor of Esquire Classic and curator for Deadspin's The Stacks, who'll read selections from some of the brilliant pieces of sports journalism Ali inspired. Brin-Jonathan Butler, who wrote and directed Ali vs Stevenson: The Greatest Fight That Never Was and authored The Domino Diaries, will speak as well.

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May 18: Mina Kimes, Ben Lindbergh, Allison McCann, Oliver Roeder, and Nate Silver

Gelf returns to The Gallery at Le Poisson Rouge with writers from FiveThirtyEight, ESPN's empirical-journalism website. Ben Lindbergh, co-author of the New York Times bestseller The Only Rule Is It Has To Work, will be joined by colleagues Allison McCann, Oliver Roeder, and Nate Silver. Also appearing: ESPN the Magazine writer Mina Kimes.

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April 18: Seven Years of Sam Walker's WSJ Sports

Gelf returns to The Gallery at Le Poisson Rouge to pay tribute to the Wall Street Journal's sports coverage, led by editor Sam Walker, who is leaving the section this spring to become the Journal's deputy enterprise editor. Many of the writers and editors who worked with Walker to build the WSJ's distinctive approach to daily sports coverage starting in March 2009—a mix of scoops, humor, investigation, insight, obsessive quantification, deep analysis, the offbeat, and a notable lack of traditional game stories—will be taking the stage with Walker to read from and talk about their favorite WSJ sports work and emails from the boss.

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March 22: The Audacity of Hoop

In the middle of primary season and March Madness, Gelf returns to The Gallery at Le Poisson Rouge to discuss the meaning of basketball. Sports Illustrated senior writer Alexander Wolff will be discussing his new book The Audacity of Hoop: Basketball and the Age of Obama. He'll be joined by Shawn Fury, author of Rise and Fire: The Origins, Science, and Evolution of the Jump Shot --- and How It Transformed Basketball Forever.

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Varsity Letters Feb. 23: Fan Appreciation Night

Gelf returns to The Gallery at Le Poisson Rouge for a night to devoted to you, the fans. Sports Illustrated executive editor Jon Wertheim., will read from and discuss his new book co-written with Sam Sommers, This Is Your Brain on Sports: The Science of Underdogs, the Value of Rivalry, and What We Can Learn from the T-Shirt Cannon. He'll be joined by ESPN producer Justine Gubar, author of Fanaticus: Mischief and Madness in the Modern Sports Fan. Rounding out the evening will be Wall Street Journal sports columnist Jason Gay, who wrote Little Victories: Perfect Rules for Imperfect Living.

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Dec. 14: We Can Finally Talk About the Mets

Enough time has passed since the New York Mets' whirlwind run to the World Series that we're now ready to talk about it. New York’s sports reading series returns to the Gallery at Le Poisson Rouge with three of the premier Mets writers in the game: Wall Street Journal beat reporter Jared Diamond, Vice Sports contributing editor David Roth, and Greg Prince of the venerated Mets blog Faith and Fear in Flushing.

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