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Jess Walter gets by with a little help from a literary friend

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.

Book Notes: Spotlight on Crutcher during Banned Book Week

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.