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Varsity Letters

May 30, 2010

June 3: Gelf's Varsity Letters

Gelf's Varsity Letters sports reading series returns on Thursday, June 3, at 7:30 p.m. At this free monthly event in DUMBO, Brooklyn, hosted by Gelf and Jan Larsen Art, Rafe Bartholomew, Steven D. Stark, Harrison Stark, and Matthew Stevenson will read from and talk about their work. Bartholomew will relate his observations from his year in basketball-mad Philippines. The Starks, a father-and-son writing team, will preview the upcoming World Cup—both in terms of soccer and for its broader geopolitical implications. And Stevenson will share some of the highlights of more than a century of sportswriting in Harper's.

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Graphic by Mister Lister.

Admission is FREE. Please spread the word to sports fans and book lovers.

Event Details:

JLA Studios (Official site, map)
63 Pearl St (between Water St. and Front St.)
Brooklyn, NY 11201
Next to the F train. Close to the A,C. Accessible by the 2,3.

Doors open at 7:00.
Event starts at 7:30.
FREE!

Visit reBar, around the corner, afterward; attendees of Varsity Letters and other Gelf events get discounts on food and drink.

More on this month's authors:

Rafe Bartholomew is the author of Pacific Rims: Beermen Ballin' in Flip-Flops and the Philippines' Unlikely Love Affair With Basketball
Read Gelf's interview with Bartholomew

Steven D. Stark and Harrison Stark are the authors of World Cup 2010: The Indispensable Guide to Soccer and Geopolitics
Read Gelf's interview with the Starks

Matthew Stevenson is the co-editor of Rules of the Game: The Best Sports Writing from Harper's Magazine
Read Gelf's interview with Stevenson

Upcoming Varsity Letters

July 1

Mark Hyman, author of Until It Hurts: America's Obsession with Youth Sports and How It Harms Our Kids
Lewis Lapham, contributor to Rules of the Game: The Best Sports Writing from Harper's Magazine (American Retrospective), former editor of Harper's Magazine, and founder and editor of Lapham's Quarterly
Will Leitch, contributing editor at New York Magazine and founder/emeritus at Deadspin, and the author of Are We Winning?: Fathers and Sons in the New Golden Age of Baseball (and a Varsity Letters guest in March 2007, January 2008, and February 2009)

August 5
Beth Raymer, author of Lay the Favorite: A Memoir of Gambling
Joseph E. Wallace, author of Diamond Ruby: A Novel
•Another author TBA

September 2

Dave Zirin, author of Bad Sports: How Owners Are Ruining the Games We Love and twice before a Varsity Letters guest
•Other authors TBA

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