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Karen Crouse


Karen Crouse is an award-winning sportswriter who has been on the staff of The New York Times since 2005. She is a graduate of the University of Southern California. Her first book, "Norwich," is the extraordinary story of the small Vermont town that has likely produced more Olympians per capita than any other place in the country—and whose citizens provide a model for achieving excellence while leading a well-rounded life. Norwich, a charming Vermont town of roughly 3,000 residents, has sent an athlete to almost every Winter Olympics for the past 30 years—and three times that athlete has returned with a medal. How does Norwich do it? To answer this question, New York Times reporter Karen Crouse moved to Vermont, immersing herself in the lives of Norwich Olympians past and present. There, amidst the organic farms and clapboard colonial buildings, she discovered a culture that’s the opposite of the hypercompetitive schoolyard of today’s tiger moms and eagle dads. In Norwich, kids aren’t cut from teams. They don’t specialize in a single sport, and they even root for their rivals. What’s more, their hands-off parents encourage them to simply enjoy themselves. Making it to the Olympics is seen not as the pinnacle of an athlete’s career but as a fun stop on the way to achieving other, longer-lasting dreams. Norwich, Crouse realized, wasn’t just raising better athletes than the rest of America; it was raising happier, healthier kids. Full of inspiring stories of Olympians who excelled on and off the sports field—and had a blast doing so—"Norwich" is the book for every parent who wants to raise kids to be levelheaded, fulfilled and successful.


Scheduled events:
Small Towns Big on Sports
Many of America's sports, like rodeo, skiing, ski jumping and kayaking, are rooted in and nourished by the country's smaller communities. John Branch and Karen Crouse visited two of those places and took the reader along.

UA BookStore (Seats 150)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sat, Mar 2, 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Sports
Signing area: Sales & Signing Area - UA BookStore (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelists: John Branch, Karen Crouse
Moderator: Anne Montgomery
Women Writing About Sports
Paola Boivin, former sports columnist for the Arizona Republic and now a member of the College Football Playoff selection committee, will chat with Jane Leavy and Karen Crouse about their books -- and the challenges faced by women working in the male-dominated world of sports.

Student Union Sabino (Seats 87)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sun, Mar 3, 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Sports
Signing area: Sales & Signing Area - UA BookStore Tent (on Mall) (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelists: Karen Crouse, Jane Leavy
Moderator: Paola Boivin

Book:
Norwich: One Tiny Vermont Town's Secret to Happiness and Excellence
Sports
Simon & Schuster
January 2019
ISBN 9781501119903
288 pages
$16.00, INSTORE
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The extraordinary story of the small Vermont town that has likely produced more Olympians per capita than any other place in the country, Norwich gives “parents of young athletes a great gift—a glimpse at another way to raise accomplished and joyous competitors” (The Washington Post). More/less

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