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Crutcher visits Kershaw County

Posted: September 16, 2011 2:30 p.m.
Updated: September 19, 2011 5:00 a.m.

Award winning author Chris Crutcher will speak at the Kershaw County Fine Arts Center on Tuesday. A reception will be held at 5:30 p.m., followed by a talk at 6:30 p.m. This event is hosted by the Kershaw County Library.

Crutcher is the author of thirteen books for teens -- 10 novels, two short story collections and an autobiography. His most recent work is “Angry Management,” a South Carolina Young Adult Book Award nominee. Crutcher’s fast-based fiction is known for its expert balance of comedy and tragedy, as well as its unflinching honesty and authentic voice. He is also one of the most frequently banned and challenged authors in North America -- a fact he considers an accomplishment, rather than a drawback.

Crutcher still works as a therapist and child protection advocate. His life experiences in rural Idaho, in urban Oakland, in education and in mental health keep his fiction rooted in real life.

The American Library Association has named eight of his young adult books, to date, “Best Books for Young Adults,” and four of his books appeared on Booklist’sBest 100 Books of the 20th Century, compiled in 2000 -- more than any other single author on the list. Crutcher received the ALAN Award in 1993, the NCTE SLATE Intellectual Freedom Award in 1998, the Margaret A. Edwards Lifetime Achievement Award in 2000 and Writer Magazine’s Writers Who Make a Difference Award in 2004.

The mission of the Kershaw County Library is to improve the quality of life for our citizens by meeting their needs for learning, reading and information.

The Kershaw County Library has branches in Camden, Elgin and Bethune, and is online at www.kershawcountylibrary.org.

For more information on this program, call the library at 425-1508.

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