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November 20, 2011

December 1: All-NBA Varsity Letters

Gelf's Varsity Letters sports reading series returns with an all-NBA night on Thursday, December 1, at 7:30 p.m., at Manhattan's Le Poisson Rouge. With the lockout ongoing, this will be the only pro hoops in town. At this free monthly event, hosted by Gelf, Henry Abbott, Harvey Araton, and Scott Raab will read from and talk about their work. Abbott has been chronicling the lockout tirelessly for ESPN. Araton has revisited the glory days of the Knicks, when Walt Frazier and Willis Reed won titles. And Raab has written a screed against LeBron James, who left his and Raab's native Ohio for sunny Miami.

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Event Details:

Le Poisson Rouge (Official site, map)
158 Bleecker St. (between Sullivan St. and Thompson St.)
New York, NY 10012
Blocks from A/C/E/B/D/F/M/N/R/1/6 trains

Doors open at 7.
Event starts at 7:30.
There is no admission charge.
Attendees must be 21 or older, as per Le Poisson Rouge rules. (Email varsityletters@gmail.com if you are under 21 and would like to attend. The farther in advance, the better; no guarantees.)

More on this month's authors:

•ESPN's TrueHoop blogger Henry Abbott (Abbott spoke at Varsity Letters in March 2007, then recapped the night; he appeared again at our fifth-anniversary event earlier this year)
Read Gelf's interview with Abbott

•New York Times columnist Harvey Araton, author of When the Garden Was Eden: Clyde, the Captain, Dollar Bill, and the Glory Days of the New York Knicks
Read Gelf's interview with Araton

Scott Raab, author of The Whore of Akron: One Man's Search for the Soul of LeBron James
Read Gelf's interview with Raab

Upcoming Varsity Letters (also at Manhattan's Le Poisson Rouge)

January 5, 2012

Dave Zirin, co-author of The John Carlos Story: The Sports Moment That Changed the World and three times before a Varsity Letters guest

•Other authors TBA

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