Gelf's Varsity Letters sports reading series returns to New York on Thursday, December 4, at 8 p.m. At this free monthly event at a Lower East Side bar, hosted by Gelf, Gary Andrew Poole, Liz Robbins, Nathaniel Friedman, Jacob Weinstein, and Jesse Einhorn will read from and talk about their work, and take questions. Poole is the author of a biography of the legendary football star Red Grange. Robbins is a New York Times sportswriter and author of a book about her city's greatest day, the marathon. And Einhorn, Friedman, and Weinstein are authors of the offbeat NBA blog Free Darko, and a book spinoff that catalogs the league's biggest and most-colorful stars. (See photos and videos from the event.)
Happy Ending Lounge (official site, CitySearch, MySpace)
302 Broome St.
(between Forsyth and Eldridge)
J/M/Z/F to Delancey
B/D to Grand Street
Look for the hot-pink awning with the words "Health Club" on it.
Doors open at 7:30.
Readings start at 8 sharp.
More on this month's authors:
•Nathaniel Friedman (aka Bethlehem Shoals), Jacob Weinstein (aka Big Baby Belafonte), and Jesse Einhorn (aka Silverbird5000) are editors of Free Darko and authors of The Macrophenomenal Pro Basketball Almanac: Styles, Stats, and Stars in Today's Game (Gelf's interview with Friedman)
Upcoming Varsity Letters
January 9, 2009:
•John Capouya, author of Gorgeous George: The Outrageous Bad-Boy Wrestler Who Created American Pop Culture
•George Kimball, author of Four Kings: Leonard, Hagler, Hearns, Duran and the Last Great Era of Boxing
•ESPN writer Seth Wickersham, whose NFL articles have examined violence in the sport, players' affinity for guns, and the art of selecting good college quarterbacks.
February 5, 2009:
•Will Leitch, author of God Save the Fan: How Preening Sportscasters, Athletes Who Speak in the Third Person, and the Occasional Convicted Quarterback Have Taken the Fun Out of Sports (And How We Can Get It Back) (and a Varsity Letters guest in March 2007 and January 2008)
•Jon Wertheim, author of Blood in the Cage: Mixed Martial Arts, Pat Miletich, and the Furious Rise of the UFC (and a Varsity Letters guest in September 2007)
•Another author TBA.