On October 27 at 4 pm, acclaimed author Gene Luen Yang will give a talk in the Student Union Theater. Recently named a MacArthur Genius Fellow, Yang is presently the National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature, an appointment given by the Library of Congress, Every Child a Reader, and the Children’s Book Council. Currently, Yang teaches creative writing through Hamline University’s Writing for Children and Young Adults.
Yang’s first book, American Born Chinese (2006), was the first graphic novel to be nominated for a National Book Award and the first to win the American Library Association’s Printz Award; it was also the recipient of the Eisner Award for Best Graphic Album-New. His second book, Boxers and Saints (2013), was also nominated for a National Book Award and won the L.A. Times Book Prize. A leading figure in contemporary comics, Yang has been affiliated with Dark Horse Comics’ continuation of Avatar: The Last Airbender and D.C. Comics Superman!.