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Interviews, readings and Q&As with leading sportswriters from Gelf Magazine's Varsity Letters, New York City's sports reading series.

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Interviews, readings and Q&As with leading sportswriters from Gelf Magazine's Varsity Letters, New York City's sports reading series.

    Sports Novels Night: A Conversation With Alexander Tilney and Benjamin Markovits

    Sports Novels Night: A Conversation With Alexander Tilney and Benjamin Markovits

    On November 7, 2019, two novelists appeared at Gelf Magazine's Varsity Letters at The Gallery at Le Poisson Rouge to read from and talk about their books on squash and tennis.
    Talking about their work in a conversation with Gelf Magazine co-founder Carl Bialik in this episode:
    Benjamin Markovits—teacher of creative writing at Royal Holloway, University of London, and author of nine novels, including Playing Days, about his experience playing pro ball in Germany—read from his pair of novels A Weekend in New York and Christmas in Austin, which follow the fortunes of a large family of Texan Jews, including Paul Essinger, a retiring tennis player. Christmas in Austin is being released the night of Varsity Letters.
    Alexander Tilney—a graduate of the Warren Wilson College MFA Program for Writers who has written for Gelf Magazine, among other publications—talked about and read from his new novel, The Expectations, about a pair of squash players and roommates trying to make it through their first year of boarding school.

    • 47 min
    Sports Novels Night: Alexander Tilney and Benjamin Markovits

    Sports Novels Night: Alexander Tilney and Benjamin Markovits

    On November 7, 2019, two novelists appeared at Gelf Magazine's Varsity Letters at The Gallery at Le Poisson Rouge to read from and talk about their books on squash and tennis.
    Reading from their work in this episode:
    Benjamin Markovits—teacher of creative writing at Royal Holloway, University of London, and author of nine novels, including Playing Days, about his experience playing pro ball in Germany—read from his pair of novels A Weekend in New York and Christmas in Austin, which follow the fortunes of a large family of Texan Jews, including Paul Essinger, a retiring tennis player. Christmas in Austin is being released the night of Varsity Letters.
    Alexander Tilney—a graduate of the Warren Wilson College MFA Program for Writers who has written for Gelf Magazine, among other publications—talked about and read from his new novel, The Expectations, about a pair of squash players and roommates trying to make it through their first year of boarding school.

    • 27 min
    Fan Appreciation Night: Jason Gay and Justine Gubar | February 23, 2016

    Fan Appreciation Night: Jason Gay and Justine Gubar | February 23, 2016

    On February 23, 2016, three writers appeared at Gelf Magazine's Varsity Letters at The Gallery at Le Poisson Rouge for a night to devoted you, the fans.
    In this episode:
    ESPN producer Justine Gubar, author of Fanaticus: Mischief and Madness in the Modern Sports Fan Wall Street Journal sports columnist Jason Gay, author of Little Victories: Perfect Rules for Imperfect Living

    • 55 min
    Fan Appreciation Night: Jon Wertheim | February 23, 2016

    Fan Appreciation Night: Jon Wertheim | February 23, 2016

    On February 23, 2016, three writers appeared at Gelf Magazine's Varsity Letters at The Gallery at Le Poisson Rouge for a night to devoted you, the fans.
    In this episode:
    Sports Illustrated executive editor Jon Wertheim, co-author of This Is Your Brain on Sports: The Science of Underdogs, the Value of Rivalry, and What We Can Learn from the T-Shirt Cannon:
     

    • 30 min
    Basketball Night: Shawn Fury | March 22, 2016

    Basketball Night: Shawn Fury | March 22, 2016

    On March 22, 2016, two writers appeared at Gelf Magazine's Varsity Letters at The Gallery at Le Poisson Rouge to read from and talk about their work on basketball—and one NBA Hall of Famer called in.
    In this episode:
    Shawn Fury, author of Rise and Fire: The Origins, Science, and Evolution of the Jump Shot --- and How It Transformed Basketball Forever

    • 27 min
    Basketball Night: Rick Barry and Alexander Wolff | March 22, 2016

    Basketball Night: Rick Barry and Alexander Wolff | March 22, 2016

    On March 22, 2016, two writers appeared at Gelf Magazine's Varsity Letters at The Gallery at Le Poisson Rouge to read from and talk about their work on basketball—and one NBA Hall of Famer called in.
    In this episode:
    Rick Barry Sports Illustrated senior writer Alexander Wolff, author of The Audacity of Hoop: Basketball and the Age of Obama.

    • 1 hr 2 min

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