Author Chris Crutcher Visits Topeka

The Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library will host award-winning young adult author Chris Crutcher Oct. 19.

Crutcher will discuss his writing success – 11 novels, 2 short story collections and 1 autobiography – during a public talk at 10:30am and 1pm in Marvin Auditorium. Earlier in the day, he will visit Highland Park High School and present a talk. All presentations are open to the public. Register to reserve your spot by calling 785-580-4565.

He has authored books geared toward young adults, including his debut novel Running Loose, Ironman, Staying Fat for Sarah Byrnes, The Sledding Hill and Deadline. Crutcher’s books are available to check out from your library. Discover more by coming in or visiting

He just finished a book tentatively called Period Eight, about a swimmer and his teacher who discover a dark secret. It will likely hit shelves in 2012, according to his publicist.

For anyone wanting to pursue a career as a writer, Crutcher explains that they need to write and read often. He offers this advice: “Read a book once just for pleasure and another time to figure out how the author did it. How did he make me care? How did she set up the intrigue? Why did I love some characters and hate others? In the end, don’t let anybody tell you you can’t do it.”

Chris Crutcher‘s appearance in Topeka is held in conjunction with Teen Read Week, a national library program which encourages teens to read for pleasure and visit their library.

Barnes & Noble will be selling a selection of his books at the events, and Crutcher will sign his books after the talks.

This program is cosponsored by Highland Park High School, the school’s Louise O’Brien endowment, and Shawnee Heights High School.


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