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February 21, 2011

March 3: Varsity Letters

Gelf's Varsity Letters sports reading series returns on Thursday, March 3, at 7:30 p.m., at Manhattan's (Le) Poisson Rouge. At this free monthly event, hosted by Gelf, John Eisenberg, Doug Merlino, and Jon Wertheim will read from and talk about their work. Eisenberg will revisit Vince Lombardi's first season in Green Bay, before coach became legend. Merlino will recount his season playing basketball a quarter century ago on a team that was an experiment in racial harmony, and how that season affected the players' lives. And Wertheim will offer up insightful and surprising discoveries about sports analysis and psychology.

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The event will be Gelf's second at (Le) Poisson Rouge, a multimedia art cabaret founded by musicians on the site of the historic Village Gate.

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:

John Eisenberg, author of That First Season: How Vince Lombardi Took the Worst Team in the NFL and Set It on the Path to Glory
Read Gelf's interview with Eisenberg

Doug Merlino, author of The Hustle: One Team and Ten Lives in Black and White
Read Gelf's interview with Merlino

•Sports Illustrated's Jon Wertheim, co-author of Scorecasting: The Hidden Influences Behind How Sports Are Played and Games Are Won
(three times before, Wertheim was a Varsity Letters guest)
Read Gelf's interview with Wertheim

Upcoming Varsity Letters

April 7: Boxing night

Thomas Hauser, author of Boxing Is…: Reflections on the Sweet Science and contributor to At The Fights: American Writers on Boxing

George Kimball, author of Manly Art: They Can Run-But They Can't Hide and co-editor of At The Fights: American Writers on Boxing (Kimball appeared at Varsity Letters in January 2009)

Gary Andrew Poole, author of PacMan: Behind the Scenes with Manny Pacquiao…the Greatest Pound-for-Pound Fighter in the World (Poole appeared at Varsity Letters in December 2008)

May 5: Baseball night

Harvey Frommer, author of Remembering Fenway Park: An Oral and Narrative History of the Home of the Boston Red Sox (Frommer appeared at Varsity Letters in September 2008)

Jonah Keri, author of The Extra 2%: How Wall Street Strategies Took a Major League Baseball Team from Worst to First (Keri appeared at Varsity Letters in April 2007)

Lang Whitaker, executive editor of SLAM Magazine and author of In the Time of Bobby Cox: The Atlanta Braves, Their Manager, My Couch, Two Decades, and Me

June 2

Robert Lipsyte, author of An Accidental Sportswriter

Rob Weintraub, author of The House That Ruth Built: A New Stadium, the First Yankees Championship, and the Redemption of 1923

•Another author TBA

July 7

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

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

•Another author TBA

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