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Dec. 14: We Can Finally Talk About the Mets

Enough time has passed since the New York Mets' whirlwind run to the World Series that we're now ready to talk about it. New York’s sports reading series returns to the Gallery at Le Poisson Rouge on Monday, December 14, with three of the premier Mets writers in the game: Wall Street Journal beat reporter Jared Diamond, Vice Sports contributing editor David Roth, and Greg Prince of the venerated Mets blog Faith and Fear in Flushing.

Roth is a former Gelf contributor and Varsity Letters speaker. Prince is a multiple-time Varsity Letters alum.

• Read Gelf's interview with Prince.

• Read Gelf's interview with Diamond.

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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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Nov. 23: Grantland Appreciation Night

New York’s sports reading series returns to the Gallery at Le Poisson Rouge with a night devoted to the recently shuttered site Grantland—an indispensable outlet for high-quality writing about sports and pop culture over the past four years. Come show your appreciation for the site's contributors as they read from their own and each others' work. Speakers include: Rafe Bartholomew Brian Phillips Holly Anderson Jason Concepcion Amos Barshad Jordan Ritter Conn Zach Lowe Ben Lindbergh Andy Greenwald Rembert Browne Jonah Keri ...and more! Space at the venue is limited, so please RSVP here.

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Oct. 12: Neil Paine, Walt Hickey and Jon Bois

New York’s sports reading series returns to the Gallery at Le Poisson Rouge with chroniclers of all things Madden, the video game that often seems more popular and influential than the NFL itself. Neil Paine went to Florida to learn how Madden ratings are made, while his colleague and self-avowed schlub Walt Hickey got rated himself and written into the game. They documented their exploits in a two-part series for FiveThirtyEight (where tonight’s host, Carl Bialik, also works). They’ll be joined by Jon Bois, who writes about the absurdities of Madden for SBNation, where he is an associate editor, and gives his readers a way into his surreal tours of its outer extremes in his column Roster Cuts.

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Sept. 30: Wright Thompson and Seth Wickersham

New York’s sports reading series returns to the Gallery at Le Poisson Rouge with the writers of two of the most engrossing football stories in recent memory. ESPN’s Wright Thompson wrote an indelible piece on the spirit of New Orleans in the years after Katrina. He’s joined by his colleague Seth Wickersham, who—along with Don Van Natta Jr.—recently blew the lid off of Roger Goodell’s mishandling of both Spygate and Deflategate.

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July 22: Mark Kram Jr. and Brin-Jonathan Butler

Varsity Letters returns to the Gallery at Le Poisson Rouge for a special Wednesday night edition. Mark Kram Jr. will read from and discuss his new collection of his father's work, Great Men Die Twice: The Selected Works of Mark Kram. He'll be joined by SB Nation's Brin-Jonathan Butler, author of The Domino Diaries: My Decade Boxing with Olympic Champions and Chasing Hemingway's Ghost in the Last Days of Castro's Cuba.

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June 15: The Sport of Kings

Varsity Letters returns to the Gallery at Le Poisson Rouge for a special Monday night edition looking at horse racing in the wake of American Pharoah's historic Triple Crown victory. Joe Drape, who covers horse racing for the New York Times, and Pia Catton, who does so for the Wall Street Journal, will participate in a panel discussion along with writer and pari-mutuel clerk Elizabeth Minkel. The event will be moderated by Teresa Genaro, who blogs about the sport at Brooklyn Backstretch.

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May 31: Sunday Night Varsity Letters

Varsity Letters returns to the Gallery at Le Poisson Rouge for a special Sunday night edition. Writer Charles Leerhsen will be on hand to discuss his new book Ty Cobb: A Terrible Beauty. He'll be joined by Jon Pessah, author of The Game: Inside the Secret World of Major League Baseball's Power Brokers.

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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.

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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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