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June 4: Varsity Letters at Pacific Standard with Grant Wahl

Varsity Letters is back at a new location, Pacific Standard in Brooklyn, for a pre-World Cup event on Monday, June 4.

Sports Illustrated senior writer Grant Wahl will discuss his new book, Masters of Modern Soccer: How the World's Best Play the Twenty-First-Century Game, and answer all your burning World Cup questions.

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Graphics by Mister Lister.

Event Details:

Pacific Standard (Official site, map)

82 4th Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11217
Blocks from 2, 3, 4, 5, B, D, N, Q, and R trains

Doors open at 7.
Event starts at 7:30.
There is no admission charge.

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March 13: Sebastian Abbot

Varsity Letters is back at The Gallery at Le Poisson Rouge on Tuesday March 13. Among the speakers will be author Sebastian Abbot, reading from and discussing his new book, The Away Game: The Epic Search for Soccer's Next Superstars.

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Jan. 30: Olympics Night

Varsity Letters is back at The Gallery at Le Poisson Rouge on Tuesday, January 30, with a night of Olympic sports. Thomas H. Murray, president emeritus of the bioethics institute The Hastings Center, will discuss his new book, Good Sport: Why Our Games Matter -- and How Doping Undermines Them. He'll be joined by Carla Correa and Meghan Louttit, who covered the Larry Nassar trial for the New York Times.

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Nov. 21: Best American Sports Writing

Varsity Letters is back at The Gallery at Le Poisson Rouge on Tuesday, November 21, with a night that celebrates The Best American Sports Writing of 2017. ESPN senior writer Howard Bryant, editor of this year's volume of the annual series, will be joined by several of the contributors, including: • Bomani Jones, host of The Right Time podcast and author of "Kaepernick Is Asking for Justice, Not Peace" •Teri Thompson and Luke Cyphers, who co-wrote "Lost in America" for Bleacher Report

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October 23: Basketball Homelands

Varsity Letters is back at The Gallery at Le Poisson Rouge on Monday, October 23 with a look at basketball and the environments that shape it.
• Longtime Sports Illustrated writer Jack McCallum will discuss his new book Golden Days: West's Lakers, Steph's Warriors, and the California Dreamers Who Reinvented Basketball
Listen to Gelf co-founder Carl Bialik's interview with McCallum.
• Author Alejandro Danois will discuss The Boys of Dunbar: A Story of Love, Hope, and Basketball, the story of 1980s Baltimore high school team that featured four future NBA players.
• New York Times-bestselling author Jerome Preisler will discuss the biography he co-wrote with Bernard King, Game Face: A Lifetime of Hard-Earned Lessons On and Off the Basketball Court.

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Aug. 16: Ultimate Frisbee, Steve Rushin, and Sports Stadiums

Varsity Letters is back at The Gallery at Le Poisson Rouge on Wednesday, August 16 with a grab bag of sports authors: • David Gessner, author of Ultimate Glory: Frisbee, Obsession, and My Wild Youth • Sports Illustrated's Steve Rushin, author of Sting-Ray Afternoons: A Memoir • Rafi Kohan, author of The Arena: Inside the Tailgating, Ticket-Scalping, Mascot-Racing, Dubiously Funded, and Possibly Haunted Monuments of American Sport

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July 24: Baseball Night

Varsity Letters is back at The Gallery at Le Poisson Rouge on Monday, July 24, with a look at all things baseball. Four authors of recent baseball books will be sharing the stage: • Sports Illustrated writer Jay Jaffe, author of The Cooperstown Casebook: Who's in the Baseball Hall of Fame, Who Should Be In, and Who Should Pack Their Plaques • Ron Kaplan, author of Hank Greenberg in 1938: Hatred and Home Runs in the Shadow of War • executive reporter Mark Feinsand author of The New York Yankees Fans' Bucket List • Faith and Fear in Flushing blogger Greg Prince, author of Piazza: Catcher, Slugger, Icon, Star

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June 19: Richard Sandomir and a Tribute to Frank Deford

Varsity Letters is back at The Gallery at Le Poisson Rouge on Monday, June 19, with some of our favorite authors: New York Times author Richard Sandomir, will read from and discuss his new bookThe Pride of the Yankees: Lou Gehrig, Gary Cooper, and the Making of a Classic. Sports Illustrated Executive Editor Jon Wertheim and some of his colleagues will be paying tribute to the legendary sportswriters Frank Deford, who recently passed away.

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Feb. 22: Fix the Knicks

Varsity Letters returns to The Gallery at Le Poisson Rouge on Wednesday, February 22, with a night that looks at the sorry state of New York Knicks basketball. Senior NBA writer at Bleacher Report Howard Beck will be joined by longtime New York Times writer and author of When the Garden Was Eden Harvey Araton, and Vocativ sports writer Robert Silverman. Along with moderator Yaron Weitzman, Knicks beat reporter at Bleacher Report, the panel will look at whether the Charles Oakley incident represents rock bottom for the franchise and what the lead singer of JD & the Straight Shot could possibly do to Fix the Knicks.

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