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Apr 3 2019
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New Yorkers! Tonight’s Varsity Letters reading series, present by Gelf Magazine, will feature readings by ESPN senior writers Seth Wickersham and Wright Thompson. It starts at 7:00 p.m. at Le Poisson Rouge in Manhattan. Details here.

Feb 11 2019
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New Yorkers! Tennis fans should check out the Varsity Letters reading series tonight, presented by Gelf Magazine. Speakers include former top-five player Julie Heldman, whose memoir Driven: A Daughter’s Odyssey details her struggles with her mother and with mental health. Also: author Rowan Ricardo Phillips, recently Read more

Oct 9 2018
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New Yorkers! If you like basketball, you should attend tonight’s Varsity Letters reading series, presented by Gelf Magazine. Speakers include Rafe Bartholomew, who, along with Jackie MacMullan and Dan Klores, wrote the book Basketball: A Love Story to accompany ESPN’s documentary series of the same name. Also on the Read more

Jun 18 2018
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New Yorkers! Tonight’s Varsity Letters reading series, presented by Gelf Magazine, will feature Dave Zirin and Mike Pesca discussing their latest books. Details here.

Jun 4 2018
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New Yorkers! There’s a special World Cup edition of the Varsity Letters reading series tonight, presented by Gelf Magazine. SI’s Grant Wahl will be talking about his new book and everything soccer. Details here.

Aug 16 2017
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New Yorkers! If you like good sports writing, head to tonight’s Varsity Letters reading series, presented by Gelf Magazine. David Gessner will be there to talk about ultimate frisbee, Steve Rushin will be discussing his memoir, and Rafi Kohan will be talking about stadiums. Details here.

Jun 19 2017
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New Yorkers! If you’re a fan of great sportswriting, be sure to go to tonight’s Varsity Letters reading series, hosted by Gelf Magazine. Sports Illustrated executive editors Jon Wertheim and Steve Cannella will be there to celebrate the late, great Frank Deford. Richard Sandomir will also be there to talk about his Read more

Feb 22 2017
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New Yorkers! Are you a Knicks fan? If you are, I am very sorry. But you should also attend tonight’s Varsity Letters reading series, presented by Gelf Magazine. Bleacher Report’s Howard Beck and Yaron Weitzman, The New York Times’ Harvey Araton, and Vocativ’s Robert Silverman will be talking about the Charles Oakley Read more

Nov 7 2016
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New Yorkers! Do you like hockey and good sportswriting? Then get yourself over to Gelf Magazine’s Varsity Letters reading series tonight, where the creators of Barn Magazinea soon-to-be-launched hockey quarterly—will be reading and talking sports. Details here.

Jun 15 2016
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New Yorkers! Tonight’s Varsity Letters reading series, presented by Gelf Magazine, is all about Muhammad Ali. Longtime sportswriter Robert Lipsyte, author Brin-Jonathan Butler, and The Stacks curator Alex Belth will be there to read classic pieces and celebrate the GOAT. Details here.

May 18 2016
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New Yorkers! Tonight’s Varsity Letters reading series, presented by Gelf Magazine, is going to be a great one. Ben Lindbergh will be reading from his excellent new book The Only Rule Is It Has To Work (excerpted here), and he will be joined by 538's Nate Silver, Allison McCann, and Oliver Roeder. ESPN the Magazine Read more

Apr 18 2016
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New Yorkers! If you enjoy the Wall Street Journal’s sports section—and you should, because it’s one of the best in the country—then you need to attend tonight’s Varsity Letters reading series, presented by Gelf Magazine. Past and present staffers will be paying tribute to Sam Walker, who is moving on after editing the Read more

Mar 22 2016
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New Yorkers! If you like basketball, you should definitely attend tonight’s Varsity Letters reading series, presented by Gelf Magazine. SI senior writer Alexander Wolff will be there to discuss his new book, The Audacity of Hoop: Basketball and the Age of Obama. He’ll be joined by Shawn Fury, author of Rise and Fire: Read more

Feb 23 2016
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New Yorkers! Be a cool person and go to tonight’s Varsity Letters reading series, presented by Gelf Magazine. Jason Gay of the Wall Street Journal, Jon Wertheim of Sports Illustrated, and Justine Gubar of ESPN will be reading and discussing fandom. Details here.

Dec 14 2015
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Are you a Mets fan? Are you finally ready to talk about this past season, and that World Series defeat? Then head on down to tonight’s Varsity Letters reading series, presented by Gelf Magazine. The Mets-themed evening will feature readings from Jared Diamond, David Roth, and Greg Prince. It should be a great time. Read more

Nov 23 2015
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New Yorkers! Are you sad that Grantland is dead? Of course you are! The good news is that tonight’s Varsity Letters reading, presented by Gelf Magazine, is a Grantland Appreciation Night. A bunch of your favorite Grantland writers will be reading, so go say hi. If you want to go, RSVP here.

Sep 30 2015
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New Yorkers! You should definitely go to tonight’s Varsity Letters reading series, presented by Gelf Magazine. ESPN’s Wright Thompson and Seth Wickersham will both be reading, so get yourself there by 7:00 pm. Details here.

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