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April 11: Knickerbloggers on Linsanity and a College-Basketball Novel

Varsity Letters returns to the Gallery at LPR on Wednesday, April 11, for another night of basketball literature. New York Times contributor Jim Cavan, Hardwood Paroxysm's Jared Dubin, and Knickerblogger's Mike Kurylo and Robert Silverman will read from and discuss the new anthology they contributed to, We'll Always Have Linsanity: Strange Takes on the Strangest Season in Knicks History, about last year's tumultuous Knicks season. They'll be joined by Varsity Letters alum Rus Bradburd, who will discuss his new novel set in the world of college basketball, Make It, Take It.

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3/13: March Madness Varsity Letters with Sally Jenkins and John Gasaway

On WEDNESDAY March 13, Varsity Letters returns to the Gallery at LPR with a night devoted to all things college basketball. Varsity Letters veteran Sally Jenkins will read from the just-released autobiography she co-wrote with long-time Tennessee women's basketball coach Pat Summitt, Sum It Up: A Thousand and Ninety-Eight Victories, a Couple of Irrelevant Losses, and a Life in Perspective. She'll be joined by ESPN.com college hoops analyst John Gasaway, who is also the editor of the annual College Basketball Prospectus books, as well as Reed Tucker, co-author of Duke Sucks: A Completely Evenhanded, Unbiased Investigation into the Most Evil Team on Planet Earth and a blogger at Tar Heel Dead Tar Heel Bred.

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February 14 Varsity Letters: Dave Zirin, Amy K. Nelson, and Jack Dickey

On February 14, Varsity Letters returns to the Gallery at LPR with a night devoted to the stories that fall through the cracks in the mainstream sports media. Varsity Letters veteran and columnist for The Nation Dave Zirin will discuss his new book Game Over: How Politics Has Turned the Sports World Upside Down and anything else that's on his mind. He'll be joined by Amy K. Nelson, a senior correspondent for SB Nation, who recently reported on the Costaco brothers' trove of athlete poster art, as well as Deadspin's Jack Dickey, who will discuss the blockbuster story he co-authored exposing Manti Te'o's non-existent girlfriend.

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January 10 Varsity Letters: Inside Sports Media with Deitsch, Koblin, and Sandomir

On January 10, New York's sports reading series goes meta with an inside look at the most pressing issues in sports media today. The panel discussion at the Gallery at LPR in Manhattan will include Sports Illustrated media writer/reporter Richard Deitsch, Deadspin's John Koblin, and New York Times TV sports and business reporter Richard Sandomir addressing everything from the Tebowization of ESPN to the best sports media people in the game.

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December 13 Varsity Letters: Norman Einstein's, Bryan Curtis, and Centaur Seasons

Varsity Letters, New York's sports reading series, returns on December 13 with a night devoted to various avenues for quality sportswriting. Graydon Gordian and John Saward, contributors to Norman Einstein's Normanthology, the best of the eclectic sports magazine Norman Einstein's Sports & Rocket Science Monthly, will be joined by Grantland staff writer Bryan Curtis and Steve McKee, who is currently "memory-blogging" the story of his college-basketball team, the Centaurs of Allentown College of the late 1960s and early 1970s.

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November 29 Varsity Letters: Michael Vick, Harvard Football, Lance Armstrong

Gelf's Varsity Letters, New York's sports reading series, returns from our Sandy-induced hiatus on November 29 with readings about Michael Vick's prison term, the disturbing motivational techniques of a Harvard football coach, and Lance Armstrong's rides and fall. Seth Wickersham, writer for ESPN The Magazine and twice previously a Varsity Letters speaker, will read from and talk about pieces on former Atlanta quarterback Vick and on current Atlanta QB Matt Ryan. Writer Eric Kester will read from his memoir, That Book about Harvard: Surviving the World's Most Famous University, One Embarrassment at a Time, which includes his experience on the Harvard football team. And Varsity Letters alumnus Bill Strickland—the veteran cycling journalist and author of Ten Points—will discuss the recent doping revelations about Lance Armstrong, subject of Strickland's book, Tour de Lance: The Extraordinary Story of Cycling's Most Controversial Champion.

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October 4 Varsity Letters: Baseball's Hall of Nearly Great

Gelf's Varsity Letters, New York's sports reading series, returns on October 4 with a night devoted to players who won't make it to Cooperstown unless they buy a bus ticket. And yet their Major League Baseball careers are, in their own way, more colorful and eventful than those of many Hall of Famers. They get their due in the new digital collection of essays, The Hall of Nearly Great. And they'll get their due at Varsity Letters, featuring editor Marc Normandin, who also wrote the essays on Ray Lankford and Bret Saberhagen. Also appearing: Previous Varsity Letters speakers Will Leitch and Emma Span, who wrote about Darrell Porter and Lenny Dykstra, respectively, and who both also contribute to the new sports website Sports on Earth. They'll be joined by occasional Gelf contributors David Roth, who is an editor of the Classical and wrote about Keith Hernandez; and Craig Fehrman, who contributes to Deadspin and wrote about Eric Davis.

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September 6 Varsity Letters: Football Night NEW VENUE

Gelf goes to the gridiron when Varsity Letters, New York's sports reading series, returns on September 6, to Pacific Standard in Brooklyn, with a night devoted to all things football. Kevin Cook, author of The Last Headbangers: NFL Football in the Rowdy, Reckless '70s—The Era that Created Modern Sports; Peter Schrager, who co-wrote New York Giants receiver Victor Cruz's autobiography Out of the Blue; and Joe Drape, a Varsity Letters alum and author of Soldiers First: Duty, Honor, Country, and Football at West Point; will read from and discuss their work.

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August 2 Varsity Letters: Boxing & Soccer

Gelf's Varsity Letters, New York's sports reading series, returns on August 2 with a night devoted to two sports that will be in the limelight at the London Olympics: boxing and soccer. Former Washington Post sportswriter William Gildea, who has covered about 50 major fights, tells the story of boxing's first African-American champion. Theresa Runstedtler, a former professional dancer and actress who is now a scholar of American studies, has the tale of the sport's first African-American heavyweight champ, who once was the most famous black man on the planet. And GQ's Mark Kirby will discuss his plans to help launch a US soccer magazine featuring some of the sport's most notable writers.

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July 5 Varsity Letters: 2012 Olympics in New York

So New York didn't win the 2012 Olympics. But it beat out London for the rights to host Gelf's Olympics-themed Varsity Letters event, where three writers of recent books on great moments in Olympic history will read from and talk about their work. Kate Buford is the author of Native American Son: The Life and Sporting Legend of Jim Thorpe. David Davis is the author of Showdown at Shepherd's Bush: The 1908 Olympic Marathon and the Three Runners Who Launched a Sporting Craze. And Jack McCallum, who appeared at Varsity Letters once before, is the author of the forthcoming Dream Team: How Michael, Magic, Larry, Charles, and the Greatest Team of All Time Conquered the World and Changed the Game of Basketball Forever.

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