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Gene Luen Yang    

National Ambassador for Young People's Literature & Chinese-American Graphic Novelist

Gene Luen Yang began drawing comic books in the fifth grade. In 1997, he received a Xeric Grant for Gordon Yamamoto and the King of the Geeks, his first comics work. He has since 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. He is the author of the Secret Coders series (with artist Mike Holmes) and has written for the hit comics Avatar: The Last Airbender and Superman. Yang lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.

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Gene Luen Yang National Ambassador for Young People's Literature

Gene Luen Yang has been named the next National Ambassador for Young People's Literature by the Library of Congress. Yang is the first writer who works ...

Graphic Novelist Named National Ambassador For Young People's ...

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