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Author and Illustrator Gene Luen Yang Talks About the Magic of the Printed Book

Author and Illustrator Gene Luen Yang encourages his kids—all readers—to take in stories in a variety of ways like through an audio book or e-reader. That said, there is something special about a printed book. As a computer scientist, he says the way he can explain the specialness of a printed book is that it can have both sequential access and random access … meaning, the reader can read the story in order or can jump around. There is something powerful in that.

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Fantasy, Historical Fiction, Nonfiction, Graphic Novels

Gene Luen Yang

Gene Luen Yang writes, and sometimes draws, comic books and graphic novels. American Born Chinese  — a memoir about growing up as an Asian American — became the first graphic novel to win the American Library Association’s Printz Award and a National Book Award finalist. His two-volume graphic novel Boxers & Saints  won the Los Angeles Times Book Prize and was a National Book Award finalist. His other works include Dragon Hoops , the Secret Coders series  (with Mike Holmes), The Shadow Hero  (with Sonny Liew), New Super-Man from DC Comics (with various artists), and the Avatar: The Last Airbender  series from Dark Horse Comics (with Gurihiru) and Superman Smashes the Klan (with Gurihiru).

In 2016, Yang was named the 5th National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature and selected as a MacArthur Fellow.