Ah, Chris Crutcher. Any fan of The YA knows his name.
He's an active (and outspoken) advocate for children, teens and freedom of speech.
He's got two books on the ALA's 100 Most Frequently Challenged Books of 1990-2000, he's made the ALA's Top Ten Most Challenged Books Lists for two years running, as well as making 2005's Most Frequently Challenged Authors list. He won the Margaret A. Edwards award in 2000.
He's the author of Whale Talk (still makes me cry, and I've read it at least ten times), of Staying Fat for Sarah Byrnes, of Stotan! and Ironman and Athletic Shorts and of the upcoming Deadline. His autobiography, King of the Mild Frontier, works extremely well on adult readers as a YA gateway drug. His fiction hooks reluctant readers on books and it says to all readers, reluctant or not: You Are Not Alone.
I apologize in advance for the upcoming picture of Rod Stewart.
Book(s) Currently Reading:
Dixie Chicks, James Taylor, Carly Simon, Paul Simon (no relation), Beatles, Medwyn Goodall, Laura Brannigan, John Denver, Bruce Springsteen, Bob Seger, Emmylou Harris, Rod Stewart (man, I'm gonna get eaten alive on THAT list).
Last Movie Viewed:
Literary Crush (fictional and/or real):
Publishing companies who pay five times my advance for a book written by a first time author with no proven track record who is also, say, the daughter of the President of the good ol' USA, who himself is something less than a wordsmith.
My wrinkled butt in a Speedo. (This should be viewed as a negative obsession.)
Favorite Piece of Trivia:
The Yreka Bakery (in Yreka, CA) is a palindrome.
That my publishers will read about my Pet Peeve.
For a slightly less silly, much more in-depth interview with Chris Crutcher, be sure to visit Finding Wonderland on Thursday. In the meantime, today's other SBBT interviews are as follows:
Laura Ruby at Miss Erin
Bennett Madison at Shaken & Stirred
Shaun Tan at A Fuse #8 Production
Holly Black at The YA YA YAs
Kazu Kibuishi at Finding Wonderland
Christopher Golden at Bildungsroman
David Brin at Chasing Ray
Kirsten Miller at Jen Robinson's Book Page
Sara Zarr at Big A, little a
Sonya Hartnett at Seven Impossible Things Before Breakfast