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May 8, 2011

June 2: Varsity Letters

Gelf's Varsity Letters sports reading series returns on Thursday, June 2, at 7:30 p.m., at Manhattan's Le Poisson Rouge. At this free monthly event, hosted by Gelf, Alan Hirsch, Robert Lipsyte, and Rob Weintraub will read from and talk about their newly released sports books. Hirsch is coauthor of a book criticizing the moneyball approach to baseball. Veteran writer Lipsyte's memoir recounts his unique career as a sportswriter who wasn't a sports fan. And Weintraub revisits the first year Babe Ruth and the Yankees played in Yankee Stadium.

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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.

More on this month's authors:

Alan Hirsch, visiting assistant professor of legal studies at Williams College and co-author of The Beauty of Short Hops: How Chance and Circumstance Confound the Moneyball Approach to Baseball
Read Gelf's interview with Hirsch

Robert Lipsyte, author of An Accidental Sportswriter
Read Gelf's interview with Lipsyte

Rob Weintraub, author of The House That Ruth Built: A New Stadium, the First Yankees Championship, and the Redemption of 1923
Read Gelf's interview with Weintraub

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

June 9: The ESPN book

James Andrew Miller, co-author of Those Guys Have All the Fun: Inside the World of ESPN

Also appearing to discuss the book and the history and role of ESPN:

•Sports Illustrated's Richard Deitsch, sports media writer and adjunct at Columbia University's journalism school

•ESPN columnist Jemele Hill

July 7

Steve Friedman, author of Driving Lessons: A Father, A Son, and the Healing Power of Golf (and a previous Varsity Letters guest)

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

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

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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