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Varsity Letters

May 1, 2009

May 7: Gelf's Varsity Letters, Hockey Night

Gelf's Varsity Letters sports reading series returns to New York on Thursday, May 7, at 7:30 p.m, with an all-hockey night in time for the NHL's final eight. At this free monthly event at a DUMBO art gallery, hosted by Gelf, Jason Cohen, Jeff Z. Klein, and Laura Robinson will read from and talk about their work, and take questions. Cohen followed the fortunes of the minor-league Austin Ice Bats as they wandered across Texas. Klein blogs about hockey for the New York Times and is the biographer of Mark Messier. And Robinson wrote a book that offered an unflinching look at abuse in junior hockey.

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

Event Details:

JLA Studios (Google Maps, Outside.In)
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.

More on this month's authors:

Jason Cohen, author of Zamboni Rodeo: Chasing Hockey Dreams from Austin to Albuquerque
Read Gelf's interview with Cohen

Jeff Z. Klein, author of Messier, The Death of Hockey, or, How a Bunch of Guys with Too Much Money and Too Little Sense are Killing the Greatest Game on Earth, and The Hockey Compendium: NHL Facts, Stats, and Stories.
Read Gelf's interview with Klein

Laura Robinson, author of Crossing the Line: Violence and Sexual Assault in Canada's National Sport
Read Gelf's interview with Robinson

Upcoming Varsity Letters

June 4

Bob Luke, author of The Baltimore Elite Giants: Sport and Society in the Age of Negro League Baseball
Jeff Pearlman, author of The Rocket That Fell to Earth: Roger Clemens and the Rage for Baseball Immortality and a previous Varsity Letters guest. (Here's an interview with Pearlman about the book.)
Jon Wertheim, author of Strokes of Genius: Federer, Nadal, and the Greatest Match Ever Played (and twice a Varsity Letters guest)

July 2

Michael O'Keeffe and other members of the New York Daily News sports investigative team, authors of American Icon: The Fall of Roger Clemens and the Rise of Steroids in America's Pastime and twice previously Varsity Letters guests.
Scott Price, author of Heart of the Game: Life, Death, and Mercy in Minor League America and twice a Varsity Letters guest.
•Another author TBA.

August 6

•ESPN's Wright Thompson, a previous Varsity Letters guest.
Grant Wahl, author of The Beckham Experiment: How the World's Most Famous Athlete Tried to Conquer America
Bruce Weber, author of As They See 'Em: A Fan's Travels in the Land of Umpires

September 3: NFL Night

Matt Shepatin, author of Then Madden Said to Summerall: The Best NFL Stories Ever Told
•Other authors TBA.

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