SF – Boxers & Saints Signing

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Cartoonist Gene Luen Yang appears at the San Francisco Main Library on Saturday February 1, 2014 from 2:00 till 3:30 pm!

Press Release:

Two-time National Book Award finalist Gene Luen Yang discusses his New York Times best-selling graphic novel diptych about China’s Boxer Rebellion, Boxers & Saints, which the Times calls “remarkable.” This groundbreaking story explores the Boxer Rebellion from both sides simultaneously — which was right? He will discuss the conflict inherent in writing such a multifaceted story.

Graphic novelist Gene Luen Yang began drawing comic books in the fifth grade. He was already an established figure in the indie comics scene when he published his first book with First Second, American Born Chinese. This book’s critical and commercial success, along with its status as a National Book Award finalist and winner of the Printz Award, catapulted Yang into stardom as a major voice of our times.

A book sale and signing follows this event.

San Francisco Main Library
100 Larkin Street, San Francisco, CA 94102
(415) 557-4400

CA – Boxers & Saints Signing

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Graphic Novelist Gene Luen Yang appears at the Central Library on Tuesday, January 14, 2014 from 6:30pm until 8:00pm!

The two-time National Book Award-nominated graphic novelist behind AMERICAN BORN CHINESE, and the AVATAR: THE LAST AIRBENDER comics comes to the Berkeley Public Library to talk about his latest masterpiece BOXERS & SAINTS! A signing will follow, and books will be available for purchase from Pegasus Books!!

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Berkeley Public Library
2090 Kittredge Street, Berkeley, CA 94704

CA – Making History Graphic

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Joe Sacco and Gene Luen Yang speak in conversation with Charles Hatfield, author and professor of English, CSUN, on Tuesday, November 12, 2013 at 7:15 PM at the Los Angeles Public Library!

Hailed as the creator of war reportage comics, Joe Sacco uses darkly funny short form comics to recount conflicts, including his latest book The Great War, an illustrated panorama of the first day of the Battle of the Somme. Gene Luen Yang, author of the acclaimed graphic novel American Born Chinese, brings clear-eyed storytelling and magical realism to tell parallel stories of two young people caught up on opposite sides of China’s violent Boxer Rebellion in his new work, Boxers and Saints. Join these two daring writers for a conversation on how the graphic novel and graphic non fiction —rising from the frontlines of popular culture—can serve our understanding of history.

Joe Sacco’s acclaimed books include Palestine, which was serialized as a comic book from 1993 to 1995, the first collection of which won an American Book Award in 1996; Safe Area Gorazde, and Footnotes in Gaza, as well as a best-selling collaboration with Chris Hedges, Days of Destruction, Days of Revolt.

Gene Luen Yang began drawing comic books in the fifth grade. He was an established figure in the indie comics scene when he published his first book with graphic novel publisher First Second, American Born Chinese, which is now in print in over ten languages. Yang won the Printz Award and was a finalist for the National Book Award. His latest book is the graphic novel diptych Boxers & Saints.

Charles Hatfield, Professor of English at California State University, Northridge, teaches on comics, children’s literature, media, and cultural studies. He is the author of Hand of Fire: The Comics Art of Jack Kirby and Alternative Comics: An Emerging Literature and co-editor of the newly released The Superhero Reader.
Reservation Policy for Free Programs:
As most [ALOUD] at Central Library programs are free of charge, it is our policy to overbook. In the case of a FULL program your free reservation may not guarantee admission. We recommend arriving early. Space permitting, unclaimed reservations will be released to standby patrons at 7 PM.

Book signings
ALOUD is one of the many free programs the Library Foundation makes possible at the Los Angeles Public Library. Most ALOUD author programs are followed by book signings. To help sustain this valuable cultural exchange, at least one copy of the author’s book must be purchased from the Library Store if you wish to participate in the post-program book signing. Proceeds support the Los Angeles Public Library. Library Foundation members receive a 15% discount on all Library Store purchases.

MA – Boxers & Saints Signing

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Gene Luen Yang and M.T. Anderson appear at the Brattle Theatre on Thursday November 21st at 6:00 pm!

Tickets are $5.00

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Press Release:

Harvard Book Store is pleased to welcome GENE LUEN YANG, National Book Award finalist and Printz Prize–winning graphic novelist, and award-winning young adult novelist M.T. ANDERSON for a discussion of Yang’s latest graphic novels, Boxers & Saints.

In two volumes, Boxers & Saints tells two parallel stories. The first is of Little Bao, a Chinese peasant boy whose village is abused and plundered by Westerners claiming the role of missionaries. Little Bao, inspired by visions of the Chinese gods, joins a violent uprising against the Western interlopers. Against all odds, their grass-roots rebellion is successful.

But in the second volume, Yang lays out the opposite side of the conflict. A girl whose village has no place for her is taken in by Christian missionaries and finds, for the first time, a home with them. As the Boxer Rebellion gains momentum, she must decide whether to abandon her Christian friends or to commit herself fully to Christianity.

The Brattle
40 Brattle St, Cambridge, MA 02138

SF – Sumo & Saints Signing

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Gene Luen Yang and Thien Pham appear at the Cartoon Art Museum on Tuesday, October 15, 2013 at 7pm as part of Litquake! Comic fiends rejoice! Join these two renowned artists for a wide-ranging discussion of comics, education, and ‘80s cartoons. ($5 suggested donation)

Cartoon Art Museum
655 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA 94105

TX – Boxers & Saints Signing

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Gene Luen Yang signs at Book People at Wednesday, September 25th at 7:00 PM!

Press Release:

Boxers & Saints is an innovative new graphic novel in two volumes – the parallel stories of two young people caught up on opposite sides of a violent rift. American Born Chinese author Gene Luen Yang brings his clear-eyed storytelling and trademark magical realism to the complexities of the Boxer Rebellion and lays bare the foundations of extremism, rebellion, and faith.

GENE LUEN YANG began drawing comic books in the fifth grade. In 1997, he received the Xeric Grant for Gordon Yamamoto and the King of the Geeks, his first comics work as an adult. He has since written and drawn a number of titles. His 2006 book American Born Chinese was the first graphic novel to be nominated for a National Book Award and the first to win the American Library Association’s Michael L. Printz Award. It also won an Eisner Award for Best Graphic Album – New. A short story from The Eternal Smile, his 2009 collaboration with Derek Kirk Kim, won an Eisner Award as well. His books Prime Baby and Level Up (with illustrator Thien Pham) were also nominated for Eisner Awards. Gene currently writes the graphic novel continuation of the popular Nickelodeon cartoon series Avatar: The Last Airbender. His latest project Boxers and Saints will be released in September 2013.

In order to have anything signed at a BookPeople event, a copy of the event book must be purchased from BookPeople. If you purchase your book from BookPeople in advance of the event, please save your receipt and present it at the event.

Thank you for supporting Gene Luen Yang and your local independent bookstore!

Book People
603 N. Lamar, Austin TX 78703

TX – Boxers & Saints Workshop

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Creator Gene Yang leads a workshop at Guzu Gallery on Tuesday, September 24th from 6:30 to 8:30.

In support of his latest graphic novel, Boxers & Saints, Mr. Yang is touring the country discussing comics, their importance in education, and more.

His original art on will be on display in the gallery space, so don’t miss this rare opportunity to hear from a celebrated creator and admire his work!

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Guzu Gallery
5002 N. Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78751

NYC – Boxers & Saints Signing

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Gene Luen Yang signs at Book Court on Monday September 23rd at 7:00 pm!

About Boxers & Saints:

One of the greatest comics storytellers alive brings all his formidable talents to bear in this astonishing new work.

In two volumes, Boxers & Saints tells two parallel stories. The first is of Little Bao, a Chinese peasant boy whose village is abused and plundered by Westerners claiming the role of missionaries. Little Bao, inspired by visions of the Chinese gods, joins a violent uprising against the Western interlopers. Against all odds, their grass-roots rebellion is successful.

But in the second volume, Yang lays out the opposite side of the conflict. A girl whose village has no place for her is taken in by Christian missionaries and finds, for the first time, a home with them. As the Boxer Rebellion gains momentum, Vibiana must decide whether to abandon her Christian friends or to commit herself fully to Christianity.

Boxers & Saints is one of the most ambitious graphic novels First Second has ever published. It offers a penetrating insight into not only one of the most controversial episodes of modern Chinese history, but into the very core of our human nature. Gene Luen Yang is rightly called a master of the comics form, and this book will cement that reputation.

This boxed set includes the trade paperback Boxers as well as the trade paperback Saints, packaged together in one slipcase.

Author Bio:

Gene Yang began drawing comic books in the fifth grade. He was an established figure in the indie comics scene when he published his first book with First Second, American Born Chinese, which is now in print in over ten languages. ABC’s instant critical and commercial success, along with its status as a National Book Award finalist and winner of the Printz Prize, catapulted Yang into stardom as a brilliant writer for teens and young adults. Boxers & Saints is his most recent graphic novel.

Book Court
163 Court Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201

NYC – Fantastic Teen Reads

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Gene Luen Yang, Patrick Ness, Andrea Cremer, Alex London, and Robin Wasserman sign at Books of Wonder on Sunday, September 22, 2013 from 1:00 until 3:00pm!

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Books of Wonder
18 West 18th Street, New York, NY 10011

SF – Boxers & Saints Release Party

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Gene Luen Yang appears at Green Apple Books on Tuesday September 10th at 5:00pm!

Press Release:

Green Apple Books is excited to welcome local author and illustrator Gene Luen Yang for the release of his new graphic novels Boxers & Saints. Gene will be in-store signing and sketching for all his fans.

In two volumes, Boxers & Saints (First Second) tells two parallel stories in two books. The first is of Little Bao, a Chinese peasant boy whose village is abused and plundered by Westerners claiming the role of missionaries. In the second volume, Yang lays out the opposite side of the conflict. A girl whose village has no place for her is taken in by Christian missionaries and finds, for the first time, a home with them.

Gene Luen Yang began drawing comic books in the fifth grade. He has written and drawn a number of titles, including Duncan’s Kingdom, The Rosary Comic Book, Prime Baby and Animal Crackers. American Born Chinese, his first graphic novel from First Second, was a National Book Award finalist, as well as the winner of the Printz Award and an Eisner Award. He also won an Eisner for The Eternal Smile, a collaboration with Derek Kirk Kim. Recently, he has been working on the New York Times Best-Selling comics series Avatar: The Last Airbender.

Green Apple Books
506 Clement Street, San Francisco, CA 94118
(415) 387-2272

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