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March 4, 2007

Varsity Letters 3/7 Interviews

The bloggers featured on our front page, as well as several others, will be speaking spoke at a free Gelf event in New York on Wednesday, March 7, at 8 p.m. Come Thanks for coming by the Happy Ending Lounge to hear writers Henry Abbott, Jon Bois, Nick Dallamora, Brandon Stroud, Jason Fry, Greg Prince, Will Leitch, Dan Shanoff, and Matt Ufford read from and discuss their writing. See Keith Huang's photos of the event, and more photos here.

Matt Ufford and Will Leitch

Matt Ufford (left) and Will Leitch at Varsity Letters, March 7, 2007. Photo by Keith Huang.

Leitch posted about the event on Deadspin, prompting a discussion of the expected gender ratio and fears that the event is akin to "one of those Gangster movie plots to get the heads of all the families in the same place so that you can whack all of them." (Greg Prince's recap of the evening also is worth a read, as is Henry Abbott's, Nick Dallamora's, and this one from an attendee.)

Gelf is featuring interviews with the authors of all six blogs; click on authors' names for the interview:

Henry Abbott (True Hoop)

Jon Bois, Nick Dallamora, & Brandon Stroud (The Dugout)

Jason Fry & Greg Prince (Faith and Fear in Flushing)

Will Leitch (Deadspin)

Dan Shanoff (DanShanoff.com)

Matt Ufford (With Leather)

Admission is FREE. Please spread the word to sports fans and book lovers.

Event Details:

Happy Ending Lounge (official site, CitySearch, MySpace)
302 Broome St.
(between Forsyth and Eldridge)
J/M/Z/F to Delancey
B/D to Grand Street
Look for the hot-pink awning with the words "Health Club" on it.

Doors open at 7:30.
Readings start at 8 sharp.

Upcoming events

April 4: A baseball-themed Varsity Letters, three days after Opening Day. Scheduled to appear: Steven Goldman, co-author of Baseball Prospectus 2007: The Essential Guide to the 2007 Baseball Season; Jonah Keri, co-author of Baseball Between the Numbers; and Curt Smith, author of The Voice, a biography of longtime sportscaster Mel Allen. And we'll hear some haikus from Baseball Haiku.

May 2: Mike Freeman, author of Jim Brown: The Fierce Life of an American Hero; Jeremy Schaap, author of Triumph: The Untold Story of Jesse Owens and Hitler's Olympics; and Michael Weinreb, author of The Kings of New York: A Year Among the Geeks, Oddballs, and Genuises Who Make Up America's Top High School Chess Team.

June 6: Rus Bradburd, author of Paddy on the Hardwood: A Journey in Irish Hoops; Donald Evans, author of Good Money After Bad; and Sports Illustrated's Rick Reilly, author of Sports Illustrated: Hate Mail from Cheerleaders and Other Adventures from the Life of Reilly.

July 5: John Heidenry, author of The Gashouse Gang: How Dizzy Dean, Leo Durocher, Branch Rickey, Pepper Martin, and Their Colorful, Come-from-Behind Ball Club Won the World Series—and America's Heart—During the Great Depression; and other authors TBA.

Note: July's Varsity Letters event occurs on the first Thursday of the month, because the first Wednesday is the 4th.

Questions? Suggestions for future readings? Email varsityletters@gmail.com
Varsity Letters is on MySpace.

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