Chestertown, MD — The Rose O'Neill Literary House's "Literature of the Fact"—a special series of lectures on the diverse varieties of the art of nonfiction—will offer a presentation by one of America's leading writers on the business and culture of sports. "Sports Lit with Stefan Fatsis" comes to the Literary House on Tuesday, September 16, at 7:30 p.m.
A staff writer for the Wall Street Journal and a regular commentator to National Public Radio's "All Things Considered," Stefan Fatsis is the author of three books. 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. Word Freak: Heartbreak, Triumph, Genius, and Obsession in the World of Competitive Scrabble Players chronicled the obsessive subculture of the iconic board game. And Fatsis's most recent work, 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.
The Rose O'Neill Literary House, which underwent an extensive restoration and renovation last spring, is known far and wide as the hub of Washington College's writing community. For nearly 25 years it has served as the venue for co-curricular activities that bring together students and faculty with visiting writers, scholars, editors and other literary artists; the Washington Post dubbed it "the Carnegie Hall of literary readings."
"Literature of the Fact" continues throughout the fall, presenting "War Lit with Philip Gourevitch" on October 2, "Food Lit with Amanda Hesser" on November 14, and "Rock Lit with Dan Kennedy" on November 20. Admission is free and open to the public. For more information, call 410/778-7899 or visit lithouse.washcoll.edu.
September 3, 2008