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April 4, 2003


LA CROSSE, Wis.—Chris Crutcher, the author of six young adult novels and a collection of short stories, will speak Friday, April 25, at the Viterbo University Fine Arts Center Recital Hall at 7 p.m.

Crutcher writes honestly, drawing on his experience as a family therapist and child protection specialist, to fuel the real-life situations his characters encounter—like making it through school, handling rejection and failure, competing in sports, and dealing with parents.

Crutcher is a recipient of the ALAN Award for a Significant Contribution to Adolescent Literature and the Margaret A. Edwards Award for Outstanding Literature for Young Adults.  All six of his novels and his collection of short stories focused on athletics were selected as the American Library Association’s Best Books for Young Adults.

A book signing will follow Crutcher’s 7-p.m. presentation.  There are no reserved seats. Seats are given on a first-come, first-served basis.

This presentation was made possible, in part, by a grant from the Wisconsin Humanities Council. The Wisconsin Humanities Council supports public programs that engage the people of Wisconsin in the exploration of human cultures, ideas, and values. Other sponsors include the Western Wisconsin Reading Association and the Viterbo University Bookstore.

For more information, contact Grant Smith, a Viterbo University English professor, at ext. 3485 or 

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