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JCC to host American Novelist Chris Crutcher on April 28

On Tuesday, April 28, Jefferson Community College (JCC) will host author Chris Crutcher at 7:00 p.m. in Jules Center, Room 6-002. Crutcher will talk about steps in the book writing process, share his experience, and discuss his books Staying Fat for Sarah Byrnes (1993), Period.8 (2013), and Deadline (2007). The presentation is free admission and the public is invited to attend.

Crutcher directed a K-12 school for at risk students for almost 10 years before entering the social work field as a therapist specializing in child abuse and neglect. Crutcher’s writing is heavily influenced by his experience as a therapist and child advocate and he is known for his ability to balance comedy with tragedy in a painstakingly honest voice. His first novel, Running Loose, was published in 1983. Since then, he has penned many additional novels, two collections of short stories and an autobiography.

Among his many awards are the Intellectual Freedom Award from the National Coalition Against Censorship (2005), the Writers Who Make a Difference Award from The Writer magazine (2004), and Margaret A. Edwards Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Library Association (2000). The ALA has named eight of Crutcher’s books “Best Books for Young Adults” and four of his novels appeared on Booklist’s Best 100 Books of the 20th Century as compiled in 2000. A popular columnist and public speaker, Crutcher lectures at universities, conferences, libraries and schools around the U.S. and the world.

For more information, please contact Leah A. Deasy, assistant professor of reading at JCC, 315-786-6568.

This event is sponsored by the JCC Humanities Department, Faculty Student Association, and Social Cultural Committee.