Gelf's Varsity Letters sports reading series returns to New York on July 3 at 8 p.m., for an evening of baseball. At this free monthly event at a Lower East Side bar, hosted by Gelf, Milton H. Jamail, Deidre Silva, Jackie Koney, and Tim Wendel will read from and talk about their work, and take questions. Jamail will describe the rich pipeline of baseball talent from Venezuela, Silva and Koney will provide a guide to baseball for female fansand all fans, and Wendel will relate stories of Latino ballplayers' varied experiences in the US.
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:
•Milton H. Jamail, author of Venezuelan Bust, Baseball Boom: Andres Reiner and Scouting on the New Frontier (Read Gelf's interview with Jamail)
Varsity Letters 2008
•Jerry Caraccioli and Tom Caraccioli, authors of Boycott: Stolen Dreams of the 1980 Moscow Olympic Games
•Stefan Fatsis, author of A Few Seconds of Panic: A 5-Foot-8, 170-Pound, 43-Year-Old Sportswriter Plays in the NFL
•Aaron Schatz, editor of Pro Football Prospectus 2008: The Essential Guide to the 2008 Pro Football Season
•Harvey Frommer, author of Remembering Yankee Stadium: An Oral and Narrative History of "The House That Ruth Built"
•Buster Olney, author of The Last Night of the Yankee Dynasty New Edition: The Game, the Team, and the Cost of Greatness
•Dave Zirin, author of A People's History of Sports in the United States: 250 Years of Politics, Protest, People, and Play (New Press People's Histories) (Gelf is also co-sponsoring Zirin's book launch the previous night at New York's Brecht Forum.)
•Jeff Pearlman, author of Boys Will Be Boys: The Glory Days and Party Nights of the Dallas Cowboys Dynasty
•Kate Torgovnick, author of Cheer!: Inside the Secret World of College Cheerleaders
•Ralph Vacchiano, author of Eli Manning: The Making of a Quarterback: The Incredible Rise of the New York Giants
•Buzz Bissinger, author of Friday Night Lights: A Town, a Team, and a Dream and Three Nights in August: Strategy, Heartbreak, and Joy Inside the Mind of a Manager
•Drew Magary, co-author of Kissing Suzy Kolber and author of Men with Balls: The Professional Athlete's Handbook
•Dan Steinberg, author of the Washington Post's D.C. Sports Bog
•Liz Robbins, author of A Race Like No Other: 26.2 Miles Through the Streets of New York
•And other authors TBA.