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October 23: Basketball Homelands

Varsity Letters is back at The Gallery at Le Poisson Rouge on Monday, October 23 with a look at basketball and the environments that shape it. • Longtime Sports Illustrated writer Jack McCallum will discuss his new book Golden Days: West's Lakers, Steph's Warriors, and the California Dreamers Who Reinvented Basketball • Author Alejandro Danois will discuss The Boys of Dunbar: A Story of Love, Hope, and Basketball, the story of 1980s Baltimore high school team that featured four future NBA players.

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October 23: Varsity Letters at The Gallery at LPR in Manhattan.

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Aug. 16: Ultimate Frisbee, Steve Rushin, and Sports Stadiums

Varsity Letters is back at The Gallery at Le Poisson Rouge on Wednesday, August 16 with a grab bag of sports authors: • David Gessner, author of Ultimate Glory: Frisbee, Obsession, and My Wild Youth • Sports Illustrated's Steve Rushin, author of Sting-Ray Afternoons: A Memoir • Rafi Kohan, author of The Arena: Inside the Tailgating, Ticket-Scalping, Mascot-Racing, Dubiously Funded, and Possibly Haunted Monuments of American Sport

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July 24: Baseball Night

Varsity Letters is back at The Gallery at Le Poisson Rouge on Monday, July 24, with a look at all things baseball. Four authors of recent baseball books will be sharing the stage: • Sports Illustrated writer Jay Jaffe, author of The Cooperstown Casebook: Who's in the Baseball Hall of Fame, Who Should Be In, and Who Should Pack Their Plaques • Ron Kaplan, author of Hank Greenberg in 1938: Hatred and Home Runs in the Shadow of War • MLB.com executive reporter Mark Feinsand author of The New York Yankees Fans' Bucket List • Faith and Fear in Flushing blogger Greg Prince, author of Piazza: Catcher, Slugger, Icon, Star

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June 19: Richard Sandomir and a Tribute to Frank Deford

Varsity Letters is back at The Gallery at Le Poisson Rouge on Monday, June 19, with some of our favorite authors: New York Times author Richard Sandomir, will read from and discuss his new bookThe Pride of the Yankees: Lou Gehrig, Gary Cooper, and the Making of a Classic. Sports Illustrated Executive Editor Jon Wertheim and some of his colleagues will be paying tribute to the legendary sportswriters Frank Deford, who recently passed away.

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May 23: Sam Walker, Hamilton Nolan and Sarah Deming

Varsity Letters returns to The Gallery at Le Poisson Rouge on Tuesday, May 23, with two returning authors, Sam Walker and Hamilton Nolan. Walker, the former editor at the Wall Street Journal sports section, will be reading from his new book The Captain Class: The Hidden Force That Creates the World's Greatest Teams. Nolan, who writes about boxing for Deadspin, is a contributor to the new collection, The Bittersweet Science: Fifteen Writers in the Gym, in the Corner, and at Ringside.

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Feb. 22: Fix the Knicks

Varsity Letters returns to The Gallery at Le Poisson Rouge on Wednesday, February 22, with a night that looks at the sorry state of New York Knicks basketball. Senior NBA writer at Bleacher Report Howard Beck will be joined by longtime New York Times writer and author of When the Garden Was Eden Harvey Araton, and Vocativ sports writer Robert Silverman. Along with moderator Yaron Weitzman, Knicks beat reporter at Bleacher Report, the panel will look at whether the Charles Oakley incident represents rock bottom for the franchise and what the lead singer of JD & the Straight Shot could possibly do to Fix the Knicks.

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January 9: A History of Sports

Varsity Letters returns to The Gallery at Le Poisson Rouge on Monday, January 9th with a night that looks at the big picture of sports. Gary Belsky and Neil Fine will be reading from and discussing their New York Times bestseller On the Origins of Sports: The Early History and Original Rules of Everybody’s Favorite Games. Belsky and Fine served as the editor in chief and executive editor, respectively, of ESPN The Magazine, and are the founding partners of the editorial consulting firm Elland Road Partners. They'll be joined by Cait Murphy, an editor at McKinsey & Company, and author of A History of American Sports in 100 Objects.

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Nov. 29: Varsity Letters Goes To The Theater

Join Gelf for a night at the theater. Gelf readers save $10 on tickets to the tennis-themed play Don't You F**king Say a Word on Tuesday, November 29, in Manhattan. The performance will be followed by a panel discussion of sports and rage, featuring Patrick McEnroe.

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Nov. 7: A New Hockey Magazine

Nov. 7: A New Hockey Magazine On Monday, November 7, Varsity Letters returns to The Gallery at Le Poisson Rouge with the team behind Barn Magazine—a soon-to-be-launched hockey quarterly. Peter Axtman, the magazine's founder and editor-in-chief, has contributed to RunnersWorld.com, Vice Sports, SB Nation and the Red Hook Star-Revue. He'll be joined by Barn contributors Patrick Kearns, Saqib Rahim, and Joe Kozlowski. Barn Magazine is currently raising funds to complete its first issue on Kickstarter.

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