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Writing novels is a lonely occupation. But Spokane, which lives up to its reputation as a literary hotbed, boasts a number of talented novelists. Some of the wordsmiths, such as Jess Walter and Chris Crutcher, are close friends. The latter, whose novels include "Loser's Bracket" and "Staying Fat for Sarah Byrnes," is a vocal fan of Walter.
Local young adult author Chris Crutcher reached out to teachers on Facebook on Wednesday morning offering to “visit” their newly online classes.
The critically acclaimed and award-winning novelist says the two genres have been historically undervalued and overlooked. But the craft of storytelling, even if it’s seen as formulaic, is difficult to master.
‘The Butterfly Girl’ is a novel for every literary aficionado of that pitch-perfect who-done-it with characters so true, you really care who done it.
Spokane authors got the chance to meet local readers and Spokane readers got a chance to hear from a slate of local writers Wednesday night, during a Northwest Passages Book Club celebration of The Spokesman-Review’s annual Summer Series of short fiction.
There’s a certain point in your life – let’s call it sometime in your mid-40s – when you realize some of the things you loved when you were younger haven’t aged well.
Tommy rolls another joint and hands it over the back of the bench seat to the hippie chick riding shotgun in the 1966 VW van that picked him up more than an hour ago hitching on Highway 80 across the southern Idaho desert.
Chris Crutcher is hoping his newest book, “Losers Bracket,” will be banned somewhere.
Schools struggling to move past tragedy are right in Chris Crutcher’s wheelhouse: the places that combine his service as a therapist for traumatized kids and his career as an author of novels about the highs and lows of adolescence.
Chris Crutcher is one of the most important voices in the world of young adult literature, but Katherine Cramer didn’t know that in the early ’90s when she first checked out “Stotan!” from a middle school library.
Professor emeritus Marilyn Carpenter reviews “Losers Bracket” by Chris Crutcher, the headliner at the Northwest Passages Book Club on Jan. 16.
Spokane author Chris Crutcher talks about his new novel and recent experiences on the front lines of high school shootings.
Spokane’s Chris Crutcher has written 14 books aimed at the young adult audience. He’s also consistently among the authors most often challenged in schools and public libraries, according to the American Library Association, as his books cover difficult subjects – abuse, discrimination, poverty, disability and homosexuality among them. This puts Crutcher in a good position to talk about his work and experiences during Banned Book Week, which begins today. He’s participating in a number of local presentations this week to mark the event. In this “5 Questions” interview, Crutcher discusses his writing, weird complaints and not talking down to teenagers.