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Varsity Letters

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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April 11: Knickerbloggers on Linsanity and a College-Basketball Novel

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.

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3/13: March Madness Varsity Letters with Sally Jenkins and John Gasaway

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 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.

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February 14 Varsity Letters: Dave Zirin, Amy K. Nelson, and Jack Dickey

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.

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