Anyone who loves writing and writers should do themselves a favor and visit the archive of the Word Patriots webcast. Host Mark Seinfelft, a novelist whose works include Symphonie Fantastique, Baldr and Beatrice, and the non-fiction study Final Drafts: Suicides of World-Famous Authors, has pursued this labor of love for nearly a year, producing more than 40 compelling episodes that plumb the ideas and perspectives of writers in love with the word and its infinite possibilities.

Three recent editions feature Mark in conversation with true luminaries of literary prose fiction: William Gass, Joanna Scott, and Diane Ackerman:

William Gass remembers Stanley Elkin

William Gass
Author William Gass
In the March 26 edition, William Gass joins Mark to remember Gass’s former colleague, novelist Stanley Elkin. Gass discusses, among other things, the ways in which he and Elkin influenced each other and helped each other grow as writers.
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Joanna Scott’s “Follow Me”


Author Joanna Scott
In the March 19 edition, the award-winning novelist and MacArthur Foundation Fellow, Joanna Scott joins mark to discuss her new novel, Follow Me, whose young protagonist, Sally Werner, abandons her parents’ Pennsylvania farm on a daring journey of self-creation, the truth of which she entrusts only with her granddaughter and namesake, six decades later.
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Diane Ackerman’s The Zookeeper’s Wife

Author and Poet Diane Ackerman
In the March 5 edition, renowned author and poet Diane Ackerman joins Mark to discuss her book The Zookeeper’s Wife, which relates in Ackerman’s inimical fashion the story of Polish zookeepers Jan and Antoninia Zabinski. The couple managed to save more than three hundred people from Nazi persecution by hiding them in the empty animal cages of their zoo.

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