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Gene Luen Yang    

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

Gene Luen Yang began making comics and graphic novels in the fifth grade. In 2006, his book "American Born Chinese" was published by First Second Books. It became 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 also won an Eisner Award for Best Graphic Album.

In 2013 he released his second book "Boxers & Saints". It was nominated for a National Book Award and won the L.A. Times Book Prize. He has done a number of other comics, including "Avatar: The Last Airbender" and "Superman".

In January 2016, the Library of Congress, Every Child A Reader, and the Children’s Book Council appointed him the National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature.


Interview: Gene Luen Yang, Author Of 'Dragon Hoops' : NPR
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