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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 an eclectic evening of sports authors:

David Gessner, author of Ultimate Glory: Frisbee, Obsession, and My Wild Youth.

Listen to Gelf's podcast interview with Gessner here.

• 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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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 varsityletters@gmail.com if you are under 21 and would like to attend. The farther in advance, the better; no guarantees.)

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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 • MLB.com 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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January 9: A History of Sports

Varsity Letters returns to The Gallery at Le Poisson Rouge on Monday, January 9th with a night that looks at the big picture of sports. Gary Belsky and Neil Fine will be reading from and discussing their New York Times bestseller On the Origins of Sports: The Early History and Original Rules of Everybody’s Favorite Games. Belsky and Fine served as the editor in chief and executive editor, respectively, of ESPN The Magazine, and are the founding partners of the editorial consulting firm Elland Road Partners. They'll be joined by Cait Murphy, an editor at McKinsey & Company, and author of A History of American Sports in 100 Objects.

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Nov. 29: Varsity Letters Goes To The Theater

Join Gelf for a night at the theater. Gelf readers save $10 on tickets to the tennis-themed play Don't You F**king Say a Word on Tuesday, November 29, in Manhattan. The performance will be followed by a panel discussion of sports and rage, featuring Patrick McEnroe.

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Nov. 7: A New Hockey Magazine

Nov. 7: A New Hockey Magazine On Monday, November 7, Varsity Letters returns to The Gallery at Le Poisson Rouge with the team behind Barn Magazine—a soon-to-be-launched hockey quarterly. Peter Axtman, the magazine's founder and editor-in-chief, has contributed to RunnersWorld.com, Vice Sports, SB Nation and the Red Hook Star-Revue. He'll be joined by Barn contributors Patrick Kearns, Saqib Rahim, and Joe Kozlowski. Barn Magazine is currently raising funds to complete its first issue on Kickstarter.

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Oct. 17: Shaun Assael, Matthew Futterman, and S.L. Price

Gelf returns to The Gallery at Le Poisson Rouge with a night of books about boxing, sports business, and small-town football. The guest authors are ESPN the Magazine senior writer Shaun Assael, author of The Murder of Sonny Liston: Las Vegas, Heroin, and Heavyweights; Wall Street Journal sportswriter Matthew Futterman, author of Players: The Story of Sports and Money, and the Visionaries Who Fought to Create a Revolution; and Sports Illustrated writer S.L. Price, author of Playing Through the Whistle: Steel, Football, and an American Town.

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August 17 Varsity Letters: Tennis Night

Varsity Letters, New York's sports reading series, returns to The Gallery at Le Poisson Rouge with a night devoted to tennis, including a look ahead to the U.S. Open and Serena Williams's quest for an Open-era record 23rd major title. At this event, hosted by Gelf, Caitlin Thompson, co-founder of Racquet Magazine—which is publishing its first issue later this month— and cohost of The Main Draw podcast, will be joined by Racquet contributor Gerald Marzorati, who also writes about tennis for newyorker.com and is the author of Late to the Ball, his tennis memoir; Bart Davis, co-author with Richard Williams of Black and White: The Way I See It; and Varsity Letters alum Tom Perrotta, who writes about tennis for The Wall Street Journal and is not the author of Little Children.

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