Gelf's Varsity Letters sports reading series returns to New York on Thursday, November 6, at 8 p.m. At this free monthly event at a Lower East Side bar, hosted by Gelf, Buzz Bissinger, Drew Magary, and Dan Steinberg will read from and talk about their work, and take questions. Bissinger is the author of two best-selling sports books, about high-school football in Texas and Cardinals manager Tony La Russa. Magary is an NFL blogger and author of a new handbook for pro athletes described as "funny, completely uninformative, and horrifyingly profane." And Steinberg is a sports blogger for the Washington Post who covers everything from Gilbert Arenas's million-dollar pool to Chris Cooley's genitalia.
Happy Ending Lounge (official site, CitySearch, MySpace)
302 Broome St.
(between Forsyth and Eldridge)
J/M/Z/F to Delancey
B/D to Grand Street
Look for the hot-pink awning with the words "Health Club" on it.
Doors open at 7:30.
Readings start at 8 sharp.
More on this month's authors:
•Drew Magary, co-author of Kissing Suzy Kolber and author of Men with Balls: The Professional Athlete's Handbook (Gelf's interview with Magary)
Upcoming Varsity Letters
•Gary Andrew Poole, author of The Galloping Ghost: Red Grange, an American Football Legend
•Liz Robbins, author of A Race Like No Other: 26.2 Miles Through the Streets of New York
•Jesse Einhorn, Nathaniel Friedman, and Jacob Weinstein, editors of Free Darko and authors of The Macrophenomenal Pro Basketball Almanac: Styles, Stats, and Stars in Today's Game
January 9, 2009:
•George Kimball, author of Four Kings: Leonard, Hagler, Hearns, Duran and the Last Great Era of Boxing
•ESPN.com columnist Wright Thompson
•Another author TBA.
February 5, 2009:
•Jon Wertheim, author of Blood in the Cage: Mixed Martial Arts, Pat Miletich, and the Furious Rise of the UFC
•Other authors TBA.