I see that Stefan Fatsis is doing the book circuit again now that the paperback version of his book about competitive Scrabble, Word Freak, is out. I heard Fatsis do a good piece on NPR about the origins of Scrabble. It was part of NPR’s Present at the Creation series (which is itself worth a detour to see). I figured the paperback release of the book must be coinciding with the Scrabble Championships, and sure enough they finished up on August 22nd in San Diego. This year’s winner, Joel Sherman, figures prominently in the book, which is fun to see (if you’ve read the book). Incidentally, here is the NSC 2002 player profile for Stefan Fatsis.