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Varsity Letters

June 30, 2011

July 7: Varsity Letters

Gelf's Varsity Letters sports reading series returns on Thursday, July 7, at 7:30 p.m., at Manhattan's Le Poisson Rouge. At this free monthly event, hosted by Gelf, Steve Friedman, Kostya Kennedy, and Steve Marantz will read from and talk about their newly released sports books. Friedman will read from his memoir of golfing with his dad, and how the sport mirrored their sometimes turbulent relationship. Kennedy will revisit Joe DiMaggio's hitting streak, the mythical record that has withstood 70 years of attempts to break it. And Marantz will recount a true story about high-school basketball, black awakening and rebellion, and innocence lost—all occurring in Omaha while he was a teenager there.

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Event Details:

Le Poisson Rouge (Official site, map)
158 Bleecker St. (between Sullivan St. and Thompson St.)
New York, NY 10012
Blocks from A/C/E/B/D/F/M/N/R/1/6 trains

Doors open at 7.
Event starts at 7:30.
There is no admission charge.
Attendees must be 21 or older, as per Le Poisson Rouge rules. (Email varsityletters@gmail.com if you are under 21 and would like to attend. The farther in advance, the better; no guarantees.)

More on this month's authors:

Steve Friedman, author of Driving Lessons: A Father, A Son, and the Healing Power of Golf (and a previous Varsity Letters guest)
Read Gelf's interview with Friedman

•Sports Illustrated's Kostya Kennedy, author of 56: Joe DiMaggio and the Last Magic Number in Sports
Read Gelf's interview with Kennedy

•Sports Media Guide's Steve Marantz, author of The Rhythm Boys of Omaha Central: High School Basketball at the '68 Racial Divide
Read Gelf's interview with Marantz

Upcoming Varsity Letters (also at Manhattan's Le Poisson Rouge)

August 4

•Sports Illustrated's Grant Wahl, erstwhile candidate for FIFA president (and a previous Varsity Letters guest)

•Other authors TBA

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