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Varsity Letters

November 21, 2007

December 6: Gelf's Varsity Letters

New York's Varsity Letters sports reading series returns on Thursday, December 6 at 8 p.m. At this free monthly event at a Lower East Side bar, hosted by Gelf, Stewart Mandel, Aaron Schatz, Wright Thompson, and Todd Gallagher will read from and talk about their work, and take questions. Just in time for bowl season, Mandel breaks down college-football controversy; Schatz explores pro football's hidden numbers; Thompson shares his story of visiting Augusta National in memory of his father; and Gallagher takes on sports fans' burning questions.

Admission is FREE. Please spread the word to sports fans and book lovers.

Event Details:

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:

Stewart Mandel, author of Bowls, Polls, and Tattered Souls: Tackling the Chaos and Controversy that Reign Over College Football

Aaron Schatz, editor of Pro Football Prospectus 2007: The Essential Guide to the 2007 Pro Football Season

ESPN.com columnist Wright Thompson (read Gelf's interview with Thompson)

Todd Gallagher, author of Andy Roddick Beat Me with a Frying Pan: Taking the Field with Pro Athletes and Olympic Legends to Answer Sports Fans' Burning Questions

Copies of the books will be available for sale, courtesy Mobile Libris. Questions? Suggestions for future readings? Email varsityletters@gmail.com.
Varsity Letters is on MySpace.

Upcoming events

January: 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 last March); Varsity Letters founder Dan Shanoff (also a Varsity Letters guest last March); and Dave Zirin, author of Welcome to the Terrordome: The Pain, Politics and Promise of Sports.

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