New York’s sports reading series returns to the Gallery at Le Poisson Rouge with chroniclers of all things Madden, the video game that often seems more popular and influential than the NFL itself. Neil Paine went to Florida to learn how Madden ratings are made, while his colleague and self-avowed schlub Walt Hickey got rated himself and written into the game. They documented their exploits in a two-part series for FiveThirtyEight (where tonight’s host, Carl Bialik, also works). They’ll be joined by Jon Bois, who writes about the absurdities of Madden for SBNation, where he is an associate editor, and gives his readers a way into his surreal tours of its outer extremes in his column Roster Cuts.
New York’s sports reading series returns to the Gallery at Le Poisson Rouge with the writers of two of the most engrossing football stories in recent memory. ESPN’s Wright Thompson wrote an indelible piece on the spirit of New Orleans in the years after Katrina. He’s joined by his colleague Seth Wickersham, whoalong with Don Van Natta Jr.recently blew the lid off of Roger Goodell’s mishandling of both Spygate and Deflategate.
Varsity Letters returns to the Gallery at Le Poisson Rouge for a special Wednesday night edition. Mark Kram Jr. will read from and discuss his new collection of his father's work, Great Men Die Twice: The Selected Works of Mark Kram. He'll be joined by SB Nation's Brin-Jonathan Butler, author of The Domino Diaries: My Decade Boxing with Olympic Champions and Chasing Hemingway's Ghost in the Last Days of Castro's Cuba.
Varsity Letters returns to the Gallery at Le Poisson Rouge for a special Monday night edition looking at horse racing in the wake of American Pharoah's historic Triple Crown victory. Joe Drape, who covers horse racing for the New York Times, and Pia Catton, who does so for the Wall Street Journal, will participate in a panel discussion along with writer and pari-mutuel clerk Elizabeth Minkel. The event will be moderated by Teresa Genaro, who blogs about the sport at Brooklyn Backstretch.
Varsity Letters returns to the Gallery at Le Poisson Rouge for a special Sunday night edition. Writer Charles Leerhsen will be on hand to discuss his new book Ty Cobb: A Terrible Beauty. He'll be joined by Jon Pessah, author of The Game: Inside the Secret World of Major League Baseball's Power Brokers.
Varsity Letters returns to the Gallery at Le Poisson Rouge for a look at all things baseball. Legendary broadcaster Ed Lucas and his son Chris will discuss their new memoir, Seeing Home: The Ed Lucas Story: A Blind Broadcaster's Story of Overcoming Life's Greatest Obstacles. They'll be joined by Matthew Silverman, a die-hard Mets fan and author of Baseball Miscellany: Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Baseball.
Varsity Letters returns to the Gallery at LPR with a look at all things alpine. New York Daily News reporter Nathaniel Vinton will read from and discuss his new book The Fall Line: How American Ski Racers Conquered a Sport on the Edge. He'll be joined by former ski racer and current freelance journalist Amanda Ruggeri, as well as Nick Paumgarten, a staff writer at The New Yorker who has written extensively about skiing.
Gelf returns to The Gallery at Le Poisson Rouge on Tuesday, January 13 with a look at 2014's best sportswriting. Glenn Stout, longform editor at SB Nation, and editor of the Best American Sportswriting series, will discuss last year's collection. He'll be joined by contributors to the edition, New York Times reporter Jonathan Mahler and Mary Pilon, author of the forthcoming book, The Monopolists: Obsession, Fury, and the Scandal Behind the World's Favorite Board Game.
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.
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