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A Very Special Non-Motivational Speaker Series, Nov. 26

The Non-Motivational Speaker Series returns on Tuesday, November 26, and it's Singles night -- Kindle Singles Night, that is. By now just about everyone has heard of Kindle Singles -- even the New York Times! But how do these digital mongrels (not quite a book, not quite a magazine story) actually work? Come hear three writers talk about the new form and their own Singles. Jason Zinoman will read from his Searching for Dave Chappelle. Craig Fehrman will read from his Home Grown: Cage the Elephant and the Making of a Modern Music Scene. Rachel Corbett will read from A Killing in Iowa: A Daughter's Story of Love and Murder. Each Single is also available on Amazon for $2.99 or less. And at those prices? Everyone's going home happy.

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Varsity Letters Nov. 14: College Football Night

Varsity Letters returns to the Gallery at LPR on Thursday, November 14th, for a night that looks back on some key figures in college football as highlighted by two recently released books. Author Jim Lefebvre will read from and discuss his book Coach for a Nation: The Life and Times of Knute Rockne. He'll be joined by New York Times columnist Samuel Freedman, who'll discuss his new book Breaking the Line: The Season in Black College Football That Transformed the Sport and Changed the Course of Civil Rights.


Nov. 11: Live Hang Up and Listen in New York City

We at Gelf have long been fans of Slate’s Hang Up and Listen podcast. That's why we're happy to share that they will be doing a live show in New York on Monday Nov. 11 at 7:30pm. Slate sports editor Josh Levin, NPR’s Mike Pesca, and Varsity Letters alum (several times over) Stefan Fatsis will be joined by special guest Bob Costas for a live taping of their podcast at City Winery at 155 Varick Street in Manhattan. Expect a smart, funny conversation about whatever’s in the news, plus an in-depth interview with Costas about his long broadcasting career and his role as NBC’s Olympics host.

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October 10th: Baseball Labor's Love Lost

Varsity Letters returns to The Gallery at LPR on Thursday, October 10, for a night that looks through America's pastime through the eyes of its players. Daniel Gilbert, author of Expanding the Strike Zone: Baseball in the Age of Free Agency, will speak about changes to the game that have gone well beyond the playing field. He'll be joined by Michael O'Keeffe, Teri Thompson, and other members of the Daily News I-Team, reporting back from the front lines of A-Rod's fascinating legal battles.

Geeking Out

Sept. 17th, Geeking Out: The Pioneer Detectives

Gelf is expanding to San Francisco! Join us for our premiere bay area event at the Knockout on Tuesday, September 17th for an evening devoted to mystery, science, and the temptation to believe. Konstantin Kakaes will discuss his new e-book, The Pioneer Detectives, which tells the story of the Pioneer Anomaly, an unknown force acting on the spacecraft Pioneer 10, the first man-made object to journey through the asteroid belt and visit Jupiter, eventually leaving the solar system. The Anomaly had the potential to upend Einstein and Newton—to change everything we know about the universe.

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September 12th: Jewish Jocks

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.

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August 8th: The Science of Sports

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.

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Varsity Letters July 11: Amateur Night

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.

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June 13: Writers We Like

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.

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May 9th: Meet the Mets Writers

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.

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