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Stefan Fatsis is the bestselling author of Word Freak: Heartbreak, Triumph, Genius, and Obsession in the World of Competitive Scrabble Players and Wild and Outside: How a Renegade Minor League Revived the Spirit of Baseball in America's Heartland. He reported on sports for more than a decade for The Wall Street Journal and talks about sports every week on National Public Radio's All Things Considered. His work also has appeared on the websites Slate and Deadspin. Stefan lives in Washington, D.C., with his wife, Melissa Block, and their daughter, Chloe.


An engrossing, inside look at the strange and rareified world of competitive Scrabble. It's a pleasure to experience vicariously a level of play that I'll never achieve! --Will Shortz, New York Times crossword editor and puzzle master of NPR's Weekend Edition SundayFatsis . . . writes with affectionate zeal about the game and the fraternity of brilliant, lonely, and otherwise dysfunctional oddballs it attracts. --The New York TimesWord Freak has an impassioned subtitle, and it lives up to every word. --PeopleFatsis is a wonderful writer. --The New York Times Book ReviewA can't-put-it-down narrative that dances between memoir and reportage. --Los Angeles TimesFunny, thoughtful, character-rich, unchallengeably winning writing. --The Atlantic MonthlyWhile a book about Scrabble sounds as appealing as a work on the beauties of watching paint dry, Fatsis brings drama and suspense to the game....His crisp reporting is enough to make the reader hyperventilate. --The Atlanta Journal-ConstitutionWord Freak is a fascinating look into a thriving, cultish world that's best admired from an armchair. --The Christian Science MonitorFatsis's marvelously absorbing excursion into the world of Scrabble...is a walk on the wild side of words and ventures into the zone where language and mathematics intersect.... Fatsis clearly doesn't regard Scrabble as just 'a board game, ' and he tells us its history in loving detail. --San Jose Mercury News

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