Varsity Letters returns to The Gallery at Le Poisson Rouge on Thursday, November 13, with a look at modern sports science. Wired.com editor Mark McClusky will discuss his new book Faster, Higher, Stronger: How Sports Science Is Creating a New Generation of Superathletes--and What We Can Learn from Them. He'll be joined by ESPN's Pablo S. Torre, who will talk about biometrics and the NBA.
This month only, Varsity Letters moves to Monday at The Gallery at Le Poisson Rouge with a night of stories from the world of hockey. New York Times reporter John Branch will read from his book Boy on Ice: The Life and Death of Derek Boogaard. Author Howard Shapiro will talk about his graphic novel The Hockey Saint. The event will be guest hosted by Puck Daddy blogger Greg Wyshynski.
Varsity Letters returns to The Gallery at LPR on Thursday, September 11 for a night that looks at football from its earliest days to the modern era. Dave Revsine, lead studio host of the Big Ten Network, will be reading from and discussing his book The Opening Kickoff: The Tumultuous Birth of a Football Nation. He'll be joined by writers Alex Belth, Paul Solotaroff, and Peter Richmond as they discuss and read from the new collection from the Library of America, Football: Great Writing About the National Sport, edited by John Schulian.
Varsity Letters returns to The Gallery at LPR on Thursday, August 14. Newsday's Gus Garcia-Roberts, the co-author of Blood Sport: Alex Rodriguez, Biogenesis, and the Quest to End Baseball's Steroid Era, will discuss the ongoing Biogenesis scandal. He'll be joined by former staff members of the recently scaled-back website Sports on Earth—including editor Larry Burke and writer Tomas Rios—as they celebrate some of the fine work the publication produced.
Varsity Letters returns to the The Gallery at LPR on Thursday, July 10 with authors Dave Zirin and Roland Lazenby. In Zirin's record-setting sixth Varsity Letters appearance, the sports columnist for The Nation will be discussing his trip to Brazil during the World Cup and his new book, Brazil's Dance with the Devil: The World Cup, The Olympics, and the Fight for Democracy. He'll be joined by Roland Lazenby, a columnist for HoopsHype.com and the author of the recently-released biography Michael Jordan: The Life.
Thursday night is poker night at Varsity Letters. Eric Raskin, editor-in-chief of All In magazine and author of The Moneymaker Effect: The Inside Story of the Tournament That Forever Changed Poker; will be joined by author Peter Alson, fresh off his trip to the World Series of Poker.
The World Cup is rapidly approaching, and now's your chance to show everyone that you were into soccer before it was cool when Varsity Letters returns to The Gallery at LPR on Thursday, May 15. Howler and Sports Illustrated contributor Alexander Abnos will be joined by Graham Parker of The Guardian and Grantland, as well as MLSsoccer.com editor-in-chief Greg Lalas, in a discussion of all aspects of The Beautiful Game.
Thursday, April 10 is baseball night at Varsity Letters at The Gallery at LPR. Grantland's Jonah Keri, a two-time Varsity Letters veteran, will read from his new book Up, Up, and Away: The Kid, the Hawk, Rock, Vladi, Pedro, le Grand Orange, Youppi!, the Crazy Business of Baseball, and the Ill-fated but Unforgettable Montreal Expos. He'll be joined by Kostya Kennedy of Sports Illustrated, author of Pete Rose: An American Dilemma; and a former Mr. Met, AJ Mass, author of Yes, It's Hot in Here: Adventures in the Weird, Woolly World of Sports Mascots.
On Thursday, March 13, Varsity Letters, New York's monthly sports reading series, makes its return to The Gallery at LPR with Jeff Pearlman, author of Showtime: Magic, Kareem, Riley, and the Los Angeles Lakers Dynasty of the 1980s. Pearlman is a Varsity Letters veteran, having previously spoken about Roger Clemens, the Dallas Cowboys of the '90s, and the Chicago Bears of the '80s. He'll be joined by Bleacher Report's NBA Columnist Howard Beck, who's covered Prokhorov's Nets, Isiah's Knicks, and the Kobe-Shaq Lakers.
The Non-Motivational Speaker Series returns to The Gallery at LPR with a night devoted to perhaps the most non-motivational art form out there: the sitcom. Saul Austerlitz, author of Sitcom: A History in 24 Episodes from I Love Lucy to Community will be joined by Jennifer Armstrong, who wrote Mary and Lou and Rhoda and Ted and has a forthcoming book about Seinfeld, as well as Slate's television critic Willa Paskin. Please provide your own laugh track.
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