Varsity Letters returns to the Gallery at LPR on Thursday, July 11th, with a bunch of amateurs—ordinary people who've tried to push themselves to the height of athletic achievement. Jon Hart, the author of Man versus Ball: One Ordinary Guy and His Extraordinary Sports Adventures will be joined by A.J. Jacobs, who's written a number of books chronicling his feats self-experimentation, most recently, Drop Dead Healthy: One Man's Humble Quest for Bodily Perfection.
Varsity Letters returns to the Gallery at LPR on Thursday, June 13th, with a few sportswriters we happen to like. Rob Weintraub—who appeared at Varsity Letters in 2011 and has written for ESPN, Slate, and a range of other publications—will be reading from and discussing his new book, The Victory Season: The End of World War II and the Birth of Baseball's Golden Age. He'll be joined by Rafe Bartholomew, another Varsity Letters alum, contributor to Grantland and author of Pacific Rims; as well as Tom Perrotta (Varsity Letters '11), tennis writer for the Wall Street Journal and editor-at-large for Tennis magazine.
Varsity Letters returns to the Gallery at LPR on Thursday, May 9th, for a night devoted to all things Mets. Christopher Frankie, the author of Nailed!: The Improbable Rise and Spectacular Fall of Lenny Dykstra; will be joined by Faith and Fear in Flushing co-blogger Greg Prince, who'll read from The Happiest Recap: First Base (1962-1973): 50 Years of the New York Mets As Told in 500 Amazin' Wins, the first of his four-volume set of Mets game recaps.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 Stricklandthe veteran cycling journalist and author of Ten Pointswill 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.
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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