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Varsity Letters returns to The Gallery at LPR on Thursday, September 11 for a night that looks at football from its earliest days to the modern era. Dave Revsine, lead studio host of the Big Ten Network, will be reading from and discussing his book The Opening Kickoff: The Tumultuous Birth of a Football Nation. He'll be joined by writers Alex Belth, Paul Solotaroff, and Peter Richmond as they discuss and read from the new collection from the Library of America, Football: Great Writing About the National Sport, edited by John Schulian.
Varsity Letters returns to The Gallery at LPR on Thursday, August 14. Newsday's Gus Garcia-Roberts, the co-author of Blood Sport: Alex Rodriguez, Biogenesis, and the Quest to End Baseball's Steroid Era, will discuss the ongoing Biogenesis scandal. He'll be joined by former staff members of the recently scaled-back website Sports on Earth—including editor Larry Burke and writer Tomas Rios—as they celebrate some of the fine work the publication produced.
Varsity Letters returns to the The Gallery at LPR on Thursday, July 10 with authors Dave Zirin and Roland Lazenby. In Zirin's record-setting sixth Varsity Letters appearance, the sports columnist for The Nation will be discussing his trip to Brazil during the World Cup and his new book, Brazil's Dance with the Devil: The World Cup, The Olympics, and the Fight for Democracy. He'll be joined by Roland Lazenby, a columnist for HoopsHype.com and the author of the recently-released biography Michael Jordan: The Life.
Thursday night is poker night at Varsity Letters. Eric Raskin, editor-in-chief of All In magazine and author of The Moneymaker Effect: The Inside Story of the Tournament That Forever Changed Poker; will be joined by author Peter Alson, fresh off his trip to the World Series of Poker.
The World Cup is rapidly approaching, and now's your chance to show everyone that you were into soccer before it was cool when Varsity Letters returns to The Gallery at LPR on Thursday, May 15. Howler and Sports Illustrated contributor Alexander Abnos will be joined by Graham Parker of The Guardian and Grantland, as well as MLSsoccer.com editor-in-chief Greg Lalas, in a discussion of all aspects of The Beautiful Game.
Thursday, April 10 is baseball night at Varsity Letters at The Gallery at LPR. Grantland's Jonah Keri, a two-time Varsity Letters veteran, will read from his new book Up, Up, and Away: The Kid, the Hawk, Rock, Vladi, Pedro, le Grand Orange, Youppi!, the Crazy Business of Baseball, and the Ill-fated but Unforgettable Montreal Expos. He'll be joined by Kostya Kennedy of Sports Illustrated, author of Pete Rose: An American Dilemma; and a former Mr. Met, AJ Mass, author of Yes, It's Hot in Here: Adventures in the Weird, Woolly World of Sports Mascots.
On Thursday, March 13, Varsity Letters, New York's monthly sports reading series, makes its return to The Gallery at LPR with Jeff Pearlman, author of Showtime: Magic, Kareem, Riley, and the Los Angeles Lakers Dynasty of the 1980s. Pearlman is a Varsity Letters veteran, having previously spoken about Roger Clemens, the Dallas Cowboys of the '90s, and the Chicago Bears of the '80s. He'll be joined by Bleacher Report's NBA Columnist Howard Beck, who's covered Prokhorov's Nets, Isiah's Knicks, and the Kobe-Shaq Lakers.
The Non-Motivational Speaker Series returns to The Gallery at LPR with a night devoted to perhaps the most non-motivational art form out there: the sitcom. Saul Austerlitz, author of Sitcom: A History in 24 Episodes from I Love Lucy to Community will be joined by Jennifer Armstrong, who wrote Mary and Lou and Rhoda and Ted and has a forthcoming book about Seinfeld, as well as Slate's television critic Willa Paskin. Please provide your own laugh track.
The biggest football game of the year is coming to the biggest Jewish city in the nation. (OK, it's in Jersey, but that still counts.) And in the run-up to the Super Bowl, Tablet Magazine and Varsity Letters bring together two authors renowned for their writing on both football and many things Jewish. We're calling it "Pigskin Is Kosher." Rich Cohen is the author of the new best-seller Monsters: The 1985 Chicago Bears and the Wild Heart of Football, as well as Israel Is Real, Tough Jews, and The Avengers, among other titles. In Samuel G. Freedman's latest book, Breaking the Line, he writes about the world of black college football in the late 1960s and how it shaped the game as we know it today. A religion columnist for the New York Times, Freedman is the author of books including Jew Vs Jew. Longtime friends and fellow authors, they'll punt, pass and kick their way through an evening of football talk moderated by Marc Tracy of The New Republic. "Pigskin Is Kosher" will be held at 7:30 PM on Tues., Jan. 28, at The Gallery at LPR (158 Bleeker St, between Sullivan and Thompson). Admission is free and books will be available for purchase.
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