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September 11, 2011

October 6: All-Tennis Varsity Letters

Gelf's Varsity Letters sports reading series returns with an all-tennis night on Thursday, October 6, at 7:30 p.m., at Manhattan's Le Poisson Rouge. At this free monthly event, hosted by Gelf, Marshall Jon Fisher, S.L. Price, and Tom Perrotta will read from and talk about their work. Fisher chronicled one of the greatest matches ever played—between a German baron and laconic American as Nazism was on the ascent—and the intricate, rich social and political history surrounding it. Price has written dozens of tennis features for Sports Illustrated, including a recent one tracing the rise of Novak Djokovic. And Perrotta is a veteran tennis writer who has covered tournaments around the world and collaborated with the sport's top instructors. Sports Illustrated's Jon Wertheim, a Varsity Letters veteran and longtime tennis writer, will moderate a tennis discussion with the evening's guests.

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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.
Attendees must be 21 or older, as per Le Poisson Rouge rules. (Email varsityletters@gmail.com if you are under 21 and would like to attend. The farther in advance, the better; no guarantees.)

More on this month's authors:

Marshall Jon Fisher, author of A Terrible Splendor: Three Extraordinary Men, a World Poised for War, and the Greatest Tennis Match Ever Played
Read Gelf's interview with Fisher

•Sports Illustrated's S.L. Price, author of dozens of tennis features including this recent one on Novak Djokovic and earlier pieces on tennis greats Pancho Gonzalez and Boris Becker (and three times before a Varsity Letters guest)
Read Gelf's interview with Price

Tom Perrotta, tennis writer for The Wall Street Journal and Tennis Magazine. Perrotta's subjects this year include the rise of Serbian tennis, Mats Wilander's unlikely second career, today's racquet divas, and the nice girls of the WTA Tour.
Read Gelf's interview with Perrotta

•Our moderator for the tennis discussion with the three guest writers will be Sports Illustrated's Jon Wertheim, co-author of Scorecasting: The Hidden Influences Behind How Sports Are Played and Games Are Won (four times before, Wertheim was a Varsity Letters guest)

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

November 3

Stefan Fatsis, freelance writer, Slate podcaster, and author of Word Freak: Heartbreak, Triumph, Genius, and Obsession in the World of Competitive ScrabblePlayers—now in a 10th anniversary edition with a new chapter. (Fatsis has three Varsity Letters appearances under his belt.)

John Krewson, the Onion's sports editor and co-editor of The Ecstasy of Defeat: Sports Reporting at Its Finest by the Editors of the Onion

Jeff Pearlman, author of Sweetness: The Enigmatic Life of Walter Payton and four times before a Varsity Letters guest.

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