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April 23: Baseball Night

Varsity Letters returns to the Gallery at Le Poisson Rouge for a look at all things baseball. Legendary broadcaster Ed Lucas and his son Chris will discuss their new memoir, Seeing Home: The Ed Lucas Story: A Blind Broadcaster's Story of Overcoming Life's Greatest Obstacles. They'll be joined by Matthew Silverman, a die-hard Mets fan and author of Baseball Miscellany: Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Baseball.

Read Gelf's interview with Ed and Chris Lucas here.

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Graphics by Mister Lister.

Event Details:

The Gallery at LPR (Official site, map)
158 Bleecker St. (between Sullivan St. and Thompson St.)
New York, NY 10012
Blocks from ACE/BDF/MNR/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 michael@gelfmagazine.com if you are under 21 and would like to attend. The farther in advance, the better; no guarantees.)

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Feb. 26: Going Downhill

Varsity Letters returns to the Gallery at LPR with a look at all things alpine. New York Daily News reporter Nathaniel Vinton will read from and discuss his new book The Fall Line: How American Ski Racers Conquered a Sport on the Edge. He'll be joined by former ski racer and current freelance journalist Amanda Ruggeri, as well as Nick Paumgarten, a staff writer at The New Yorker who has written extensively about skiing.

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Tuesday, Jan. 13: Best American Sportswriting 2014

Gelf returns to The Gallery at Le Poisson Rouge on Tuesday, January 13 with a look at 2014's best sportswriting. Glenn Stout, longform editor at SB Nation, and editor of the Best American Sportswriting series, will discuss last year's collection. He'll be joined by contributors to the edition, New York Times reporter Jonathan Mahler and Mary Pilon, author of the forthcoming book, The Monopolists: Obsession, Fury, and the Scandal Behind the World's Favorite Board Game.

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Nov. 13: Sports Science

Varsity Letters returns to The Gallery at Le Poisson Rouge on Thursday, November 13, with a look at modern sports science. Wired.com editor Mark McClusky will discuss his new book Faster, Higher, Stronger: How Sports Science Is Creating a New Generation of Superathletes--and What We Can Learn from Them. He'll be joined by ESPN's Pablo S. Torre, who will talk about biometrics and the NBA.

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MONDAY Oct. 6: Hockey Stories

This month only, Varsity Letters moves to Monday at The Gallery at Le Poisson Rouge with a night of stories from the world of hockey. New York Times reporter John Branch will read from his book Boy on Ice: The Life and Death of Derek Boogaard. Author Howard Shapiro will talk about his graphic novel The Hockey Saint. The event will be guest hosted by Puck Daddy blogger Greg Wyshynski.

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Sept. 11: Football Through the Ages

Varsity Letters returns to The Gallery at LPR on Thursday, September 11 for a night that looks at football from its earliest days to the modern era. Dave Revsine, lead studio host of the Big Ten Network, will be reading from and discussing his book The Opening Kickoff: The Tumultuous Birth of a Football Nation. He'll be joined by writers Alex Belth, Paul Solotaroff, and Peter Richmond as they discuss and read from the new collection from the Library of America, Football: Great Writing About the National Sport, edited by John Schulian.

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August 14: Blood Sport's Gus Garcia-Roberts and Celebrating Sports on Earth

Varsity Letters returns to The Gallery at LPR on Thursday, August 14. Newsday's Gus Garcia-Roberts, the co-author of Blood Sport: Alex Rodriguez, Biogenesis, and the Quest to End Baseball's Steroid Era, will discuss the ongoing Biogenesis scandal. He'll be joined by former staff members of the recently scaled-back website Sports on Earth—including editor Larry Burke and writer Tomas Rios—as they celebrate some of the fine work the publication produced.

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July 10: Dave Zirin and Roland Lazenby

Varsity Letters returns to the The Gallery at LPR on Thursday, July 10 with authors Dave Zirin and Roland Lazenby. In Zirin's record-setting sixth Varsity Letters appearance, the sports columnist for The Nation will be discussing his trip to Brazil during the World Cup and his new book, Brazil's Dance with the Devil: The World Cup, The Olympics, and the Fight for Democracy. He'll be joined by Roland Lazenby, a columnist for HoopsHype.com and the author of the recently-released biography Michael Jordan: The Life.

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June 12: Poker Night at Varsity Letters

Thursday night is poker night at Varsity Letters. Eric Raskin, editor-in-chief of All In magazine and author of The Moneymaker Effect: The Inside Story of the Tournament That Forever Changed Poker; will be joined by author Peter Alson, fresh off his trip to the World Series of Poker.

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