Varsity Letters marks the day prior to Yom Kippur with a celebration of the Jewish athlete at The Gallery at LPR in Manhattan. Join Marc Tracy, staff writer for The New Republic and co-editor of Jewish Jocks: An Unorthodox Hall of Fame; Howard Megdal, a contributor to Sports on Earth and Capital New York and author of The Baseball Talmud: The Definitive Position-by-Position Ranking of Baseball's Chosen Players; and real life Jewish jock Robert Podhurst, a sports sociologist and former basketball player for Macabbi Tel Aviv; as they explore different angles on 3,000 years of tradition, from Moses to Sandy Koufax.
Varsity Letters and Geeking Out, Gelf's sports and science reading series, team up for a night devoted to the intersection of both fields at the Gallery at LPR on Thursday, August 8th. Sports Illustrated senior writer David Epstein will read from and discuss his new book, The Sports Gene: Inside the Science of Extraordinary Athletic Performance. He'll be joined by David Sally, co-author of the just-released The Numbers Game: Why Everything You Know About Soccer Is Wrong.
Varsity Letters returns to the Gallery at LPR on Thursday, July 11th, with a bunch of amateurs—ordinary people who've tried to push themselves to the height of athletic achievement. Jon Hart, the author of Man versus Ball: One Ordinary Guy and His Extraordinary Sports Adventures will be joined by A.J. Jacobs, who's written a number of books chronicling his feats self-experimentation, most recently, Drop Dead Healthy: One Man's Humble Quest for Bodily Perfection.
Varsity Letters returns to the Gallery at LPR on Thursday, June 13th, with a few sportswriters we happen to like. Rob Weintraub—who appeared at Varsity Letters in 2011 and has written for ESPN, Slate, and a range of other publications—will be reading from and discussing his new book, The Victory Season: The End of World War II and the Birth of Baseball's Golden Age. He'll be joined by Rafe Bartholomew, another Varsity Letters alum, contributor to Grantland and author of Pacific Rims; as well as Tom Perrotta (Varsity Letters '11), tennis writer for the Wall Street Journal and editor-at-large for Tennis magazine.
Varsity Letters returns to the Gallery at LPR on Thursday, May 9th, for a night devoted to all things Mets. Christopher Frankie, the author of Nailed!: The Improbable Rise and Spectacular Fall of Lenny Dykstra; will be joined by Faith and Fear in Flushing co-blogger Greg Prince, who'll read from The Happiest Recap: First Base (1962-1973): 50 Years of the New York Mets As Told in 500 Amazin' Wins, the first of his four-volume set of Mets game recaps.
Varsity Letters returns to the Gallery at LPR on Wednesday, April 11, for another night of basketball literature. New York Times contributor Jim Cavan, Hardwood Paroxysm's Jared Dubin, and Knickerblogger's Mike Kurylo and Robert Silverman will read from and discuss the new anthology they contributed to, We'll Always Have Linsanity: Strange Takes on the Strangest Season in Knicks History, about last year's tumultuous Knicks season. They'll be joined by Varsity Letters alum Rus Bradburd, who will discuss his new novel set in the world of college basketball, Make It, Take It.
On WEDNESDAY March 13, Varsity Letters returns to the Gallery at LPR with a night devoted to all things college basketball. Varsity Letters veteran Sally Jenkins will read from the just-released autobiography she co-wrote with long-time Tennessee women's basketball coach Pat Summitt, Sum It Up: A Thousand and Ninety-Eight Victories, a Couple of Irrelevant Losses, and a Life in Perspective. She'll be joined by ESPN.com college hoops analyst John Gasaway, who is also the editor of the annual College Basketball Prospectus books, as well as Reed Tucker, co-author of Duke Sucks: A Completely Evenhanded, Unbiased Investigation into the Most Evil Team on Planet Earth and a blogger at Tar Heel Dead Tar Heel Bred.
On February 14, Varsity Letters returns to the Gallery at LPR with a night devoted to the stories that fall through the cracks in the mainstream sports media. Varsity Letters veteran and columnist for The Nation Dave Zirin will discuss his new book Game Over: How Politics Has Turned the Sports World Upside Down and anything else that's on his mind. He'll be joined by Amy K. Nelson, a senior correspondent for SB Nation, who recently reported on the Costaco brothers' trove of athlete poster art, as well as Deadspin's Jack Dickey, who will discuss the blockbuster story he co-authored exposing Manti Te'o's non-existent girlfriend.
On January 10, New York's sports reading series goes meta with an inside look at the most pressing issues in sports media today. The panel discussion at the Gallery at LPR in Manhattan will include Sports Illustrated media writer/reporter Richard Deitsch, Deadspin's John Koblin, and New York Times TV sports and business reporter Richard Sandomir addressing everything from the Tebowization of ESPN to the best sports media people in the game.
Varsity Letters, New York's sports reading series, returns on December 13 with a night devoted to various avenues for quality sportswriting. Graydon Gordian and John Saward, contributors to Norman Einstein's Normanthology, the best of the eclectic sports magazine Norman Einstein's Sports & Rocket Science Monthly, will be joined by Grantland staff writer Bryan Curtis and Steve McKee, who is currently "memory-blogging" the story of his college-basketball team, the Centaurs of Allentown College of the late 1960s and early 1970s.
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