New York's Varsity Letters sports reading series rings in 2008 with its return on Thursday, January 3 at 8 p.m. At this free monthly event at a Lower East Side bar, hosted by Gelf, Will Leitch, Dan Shanoff, and Dave Zirin will read from and talk about their work, and take questions. Deadspin editor Leitch will offer prescriptions for what ails today's sports fans, Shanoff will sing the virtues of the bandwagon fan, and Zirin will take on some of the big political issues in sports.
Admission is FREE. Please spread the word to sports fans and book lovers.
Happy Ending Lounge (official site, CitySearch, MySpace)
302 Broome St.
(between Forsyth and Eldridge)
J/M/Z/F to Delancey
B/D to Grand Street
Look for the hot-pink awning with the words "Health Club" on it.
Doors open at 7:30.
Readings start at 8 sharp.
More on this month's authors:
Deadspin editor Will Leitch, author of God Save the Fan: How Preening Sportscasters, Athletes Who Speak in the Third Person, and the Occasional Convicted Quarterback Have Taken the Fun Out of Sports (And How We Can Get It Back) (and a Varsity Letters guest last March)
SI.com columnist Dave Zirin, author of Welcome to the Terrordome: The Pain, Politics and Promise of Sports
February 7: Ira Berkow of the New York Times, author of Red: A Biography of Red Smith;
Robert Creamer, author of Babe: The Legend Comes to Life Cecil Harris, author of Charging the Net: A History of Blacks in Tennis from Althea Gibson and Arthur Ashe to the Williams Sisters (Creamer regrets that he cannot attend); and Jay Neugeboren, author of Big Man.