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Gene Luen Yang appears at Alachua County Library on Thursday January 26, 2012 at 6:30 PM!
Gene Luen Yang is a comic artist, graphic novelist and educator. He teaches computer science at a high school in Oakland, California. Mr. Yang’s interest in comics started in 5thgrade when he started reading and drawing them. It was further inspired in high school after he took a comics class.
In 2006, Mr. Yang was named a finalist for the National Book Award in the young people’s literature category for his graphic novel, American Born Chinese. This was the first graphic novel to be nominated for a National Book Award. He also won the 2007 Michael L. Printz Award for young-adult literature for the same novel, a first for a graphic novel.
Mr. Yang’s other graphic novels include Prime Baby which addresses the topic of sibling rivalry with a science fiction twist, Eternal Smile with Derek Kirk Kim and Level-Up, illustrated by Thien Pham. One reviewer notes that Level-Up “confronts the tension between staying true to yourself on the one hand, and being committed to familial duty on the other.”
Join us for an evening with Mr. Yang on Thursday, January 26, @ 6:30 PM in Meeting Room A for a workshop on How to Make Comics and an opportunity to ask him about his work.
Alachua County Library
401 East University Avenue, Gainesville, FL 32601