Stefan Fatsis

Stefan Fatsis.Stefan Fatsis was interviewed for BookCast by Fairfax County Public Library Director Sam Clay. BookCast is sponsored by Virginia Commerce Bank through the Fairfax Library Foundation.

Journalist Stefan Fatsis has written three books. A Few Seconds of Panic: A 5-foot-8, 170-pound, 43-year-old Sportswriter Plays in the NFL is the Plimptonian story of his summer as a training-camp placekicker for the Denver Broncos. Word Freak: Heartbreak, Triumph, Genius, and Obsession in the World of Competitive Scrabble Players chronicled the twisted subculture of the quintessentially American board game and the author’s descent into it. Wild and Outside: How a Renegade Minor League Revived the Spirit of Baseball in America’s Heartland followed a troupe of anti-establishment baseball entrepreneurs and their nose-thumbing creation, the Northern League.

He has been a reporter and sportswriter for the Associated Press and The Wall Street Journal. He is a regular sports commentator on NPR’s “All Things Considered” and has also appeared on CNBC, ESPN and other networks.

Reviews: Los Angeles Times: “Plimpton’s true heir may well be Stefan Fatsis… [He] is able to penetrate the players’ psyches in a way that few sportswriters have.” Sports Illustrated: “The best description of the mental and emotional challenges of playing in the NFL that I have seen in print,” former NFL player Ed Cunningham in a letter to the magazine about Fatsis’ essay.

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