Gelf's Varsity Letters sports reading series returns on Thursday, February 3, at 7:30 p.m., at Manhattan's (Le) Poisson Rouge, with a special event ahead of our fifth anniversary. Varsity Letters founder Dan Shanoffwho will be celebrating the launch of his new news site, Quickish and Gelfwhich has been hosting the event since December 2006will be co-hosting the event. It will feature more than a dozen sportswriters, including Varsity Letters alumni and first-time speakers, who will take the stage in rapid-fire, three-minute installments to recall a defining moment in sports. The speakers include Sam Walker, who appeared at the first Varsity Letters in April 2006; Will Leitch; Chuck Klosterman; and Jeff Pearlman. Here are Gelf's rapid-fire, Quickish-style interviews with all of our guests, where they answer questions about their favorite Twitter feeds, whether pro athletes are Democrats or Republicans, and more.
NOTE NEW VENUE FOR THIS EVENT:
Doors open at 7.
Event starts at 7:30.
There is no admission charge.
•Deadspin's Katie Baker
•Bronx Banter's Alex Belth, editor of Lasting Yankee Stadium Memories: Unforgettable Tales from the House That Ruth Built (Varsity Letters in April 2009 (video), October 2010)
•Joe Drape of the New York Times, author of Our Boys: A Perfect Season on the Plains with the Smith Center Redmen (Varsity Letters in December 2009)
•Jason Fry, co-blogger at Faith and Fear in Flushing and columnist for the National Sports Journalism Center (Varsity Letters in March 2007, plus appearances at other Gelf events: Media Circus in December 2009 and Geeking Out in January 2010)
•Will Leitch of New York magazine, author of Are We Winning?: Fathers and Sons in the New Golden Age of Baseball and God Save the Fan: How Steroid Hypocrites, Soul-Sucking Suits, and a Worldwide Leader Not Named Bush Have Taken the Fun Out of Sports (Varsity Letters in October 2006, March 2007, January 2008, February 2009 (video), and July 2010; Leitch also served as a moderator in November 2008)
•Jeff Pearlman, author of The Rocket That Fell to Earth: Roger Clemens and the Rage for Baseball Immortality; Boys Will Be Boys: The Glory Days and Party Nights of the Dallas Cowboys Dynasty; and Love Me, Hate Me: Barry Bonds and the Making of an Antihero (Varsity Letters in May 2006, October 2008, and June 2009 (video))
•Emma Span, author of 90% of the Game Is Half Mental: And Other Tales from the Edge of Baseball Fandom (Varsity Letters in April 2010)
•Sam Walker, sports editor at the Wall Street Journal and author of Fantasyland: A Sportswriter's Obsessive Bid to Win the World's Most Ruthless Fantasy Baseball (Varsity Letters in April 2006)
•Michael Weinreb, author of Bigger Than the Game: Bo, Boz, the Punky QB, and How the '80s Created the Modern Athlete and Game of Kings: A Year Among the Oddballs and Geniuses Who Make Up America's Top HighSchool Chess Team (Varsity Letters in May 2007 and September 2010)
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•Sports Illustrated's Jon Wertheim, co-author of Scorecasting: The Hidden Influences Behind How Sports Are Played and Games Are Won
(three times before, Wertheim was a Varsity Letters guest)
April 7: Boxing night
•Gary Andrew Poole, author of PacMan: Behind the Scenes with Manny Pacquiao--the Greatest Pound-for-Pound Fighter in the World (Poole appeared at Varsity Letters in December 2008)
May 5: Baseball night
•Lang Whitaker, executive editor of SLAM Magazine and author of In the Time of Bobby Cox: The Atlanta Braves, Their Manager, My Couch, Two Decades, and Me
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