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A video interview with

Gene Yang

Gene Luen Yang began drawing comic books in the fifth grade. In 2006, his graphic novel, 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. He is the author of the Secret Coders series and has written for the hit comics Avatar: The Last Airbender and Superman. In 2016, Yang was named the 5th National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature and selected as a MacArthur Fellow.

You can watch the interview below, view the interview transcript, read a short biography on Gene Yang, or see a selected list of his children's books.

The interview above was recorded at Jeff Kinney's bookstore in Plainville, MA — An Unlikely Story. In October 2017, five award-winning authors for young people — Jack Gantos, Jeff Kinney, Jarrett Krosoczka, Jon Scieszka, and Gene Luen Yang — gathered for a funny and insightful panel discussion about how to motivate boys (and any reluctant readers) to read more. Watch the panel discussion: How to Get and Keep Boys Reading.

 

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In the interview above, Gene Yang sits down with Jeffrey Brown from PBS NewsHour to discuss his childhood, his love of coding, and the feeling of being an outsider.

 

Brief biography

Gene Luen Yang began drawing comic books in the fifth grade. In 2006, his graphic novel, 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. He is the author of the Secret Coders series and has written for the hit comics Avatar: The Last Airbender and Superman. In 2016, Yang was named the 5Library of Congress National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature and selected as a MacArthur Fellow.

To learn more, visit Gene Yang's official website.

You might also want to watch Gene's video blog, Reading Without Walls, on Reading Rockets. Gene sits down with authors and illustrators (including some of his favorite graphic novel creators) that he meets as he travels the country in his role as ambassador.

"To learn to read is to light a fire; every syllable that is spelled out is a spark." — Victor Hugo, Les Miserables