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Varsity Letters

October 2, 2010

October 7: Gelf's Varsity Letters

Gelf's Varsity Letters sports reading series returns on Thursday, October 7, at 7:30 p.m. At this monthly event in DUMBO, Brooklyn, hosted by Gelf and Jan Larsen Art, Alex Belth, Jay Jennings, and Matthew Shepatin will read from and talk about their work. Belth will share his favorite sportswriters' favorite memories of the late, lamented Yankee Stadium; Jennings will recount the tale of an integrated high-school football team playing in the shadow of segregationist history; and Shepatin will tell the unlikely story of Don Maynard, the former Jets great.

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Event Details:

Jan Larsen Art (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.
There is no admission charge, though your voluntary contribution will help defray the costs for this and other great Gelf events.

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:

Alex Belth, editor of Lasting Yankee Stadium Memories: 45 Unforgettable Tales from the House That Ruth Built and the blog Bronx Banter (and a Varsity Letters guest in April 2009)
Read Gelf's interview with Belth

Jay Jennings, author of Carry the Rock: Race, Football, and the Soul of an American City
Read Gelf's interview with Jennings

Matthew Shepatin, author of You Can't Catch Sunshine (and a Varsity Letters guest in September 2009)
Read Gelf's interview with Shepatin

November 30: A special Varsity Letters event

Join Gelf for a night at the theater. Gelf readers get a 30% discount on tickets to the Broadway play Lombardi, for the 90-minute performance at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, November 30, at the Circle in the Square Theatre, which is located on 50th Street, west of Broadway.

Tickets can be purchased before October 20 at lombardibroadway.com. Discount code is LOFNF506

The play, about Hall of Fame football coach Vince Lombardi, is based on the Lombardi biography by Pulitzer Prize-winning author—and Varsity Letters alumnus—David Maraniss.

Stick around after the play to hear a discussion with Varsity Letters alumni Phil Hanrahan, author of Life After Favre: A Season of Change with the Green Bay Packers and their Fans; and Dave Zirin, author of Bad Sports: How Owners Are Ruining the Games We Love.

Upcoming Varsity Letters

November 4

Howard Bryant, author of The Last Hero: A Life of Henry Aaron
Dave Jamieson, author of Mint Condition: How Baseball Cards Became an American Obsession
•Another author TBA

December 2

Andrew Zimbalist, author of Circling the Bases: Essays on the Challenges and Prospects of the Sports Industry
•Other authors TBA

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