Tucson Festival of Books

Gene Luen Yang


Sponsored by Joi and Bianca Bowen

Gene Luen Yang writes, and sometimes draws, comic books and graphic novels. He was named a National Ambassador for Young People's Literature by the Library of Congress in 2016, and he advocates for the importance of reading, especially reading diversely. His graphic novel, "American Born Chinese," a National Book Award finalist and Printz Award winner, has been adapted into an original series on Disney+. His two-volume graphic novel, "Boxers & Saints," won the LA Times Book Prize and was a National Book Award Finalist. His nonfiction graphic novel, "Dragon Hoops," received an Eisner award and a Printz honor. His other comics work includes "Secret Coders" (with Mike Holmes), "The Shadow Hero" (with Sonny Liew), "Superman Smashes the Klan" and the "Avatar: The Last Airbender" series (both with Gurihiru). His new book is "Lunar New Year Love Story." In 2016, he was named a MacArthur Foundation Fellow.

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Awards: MacArthur Fellow, National Book Award, National Book Award finalist, winner of the Printz Award, winner of an Eisner Award, winner of the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, fifth National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature

Communities: Asian American


Scheduled events:
YA Workshop: Creating a Comic with Gene Luen Yang
Explore drawing a comic with award-winning cartoonist and graphic novelist, Gene Luen Yang. Gene is the author of graphic novels, including "American Born Chinese" and "Dragon Hoops" now streaming on Disney+, as well as "Avatar: The Last Airbender,"The Shadow Hero," and "Superman Smashes the Klan."

UA Library YA /Room 254 Main Floor (Seats 55, Wheelchair accessible)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sat, Mar 9, 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Teen
Signing area: Sales & Signing Area - Integrated Learning Center (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelist: Gene Luen Yang
Moderator: Ann Parker
Love and Laughter: Rom-Coms
Three best-selling authors and illustrators have created new rom-coms that combine love and laughter--with a twist. Gene Luen Yang and LeUyen Pham use the graphic novel format to share the love story (and curse) of a Vietnamese teen, while Marissa Meyer shares a sweet romance in which the character is magically gifted with luck, causing many problems.

YA Author Stage (Seats 100)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sat, Mar 9, 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Teen
Signing area: Sales & Signing Area - Integrated Learning Center (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelists: LeUyen Pham, Marissa Meyer, Gene Luen Yang
Moderator: Julie Andrews
The World of YA Graphic Novels
Graphic novels enjoy a tremendous popularity with readers. Gene Luen Yang and LeUyen Pham talk about their process of creating popular graphic novels, the reasons why these books matter to readers, and their collaboration in creating "Lunar New Year Love Story." Gene's graphic novels include "American Born Chinese," The Books of Clash, and Avatar. LeUyen's graphic novels include the Real Friends series.

UA Library YA /Room 254 Main Floor (Seats 55, Wheelchair accessible)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sun, Mar 10, 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Teen
Signing area: Sales & Signing Area - Integrated Learning Center (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelists: LeUyen Pham, Gene Luen Yang
Moderator: T. Gail Pritchard
A Visit with Gene Yang & LeUyen Pham for Friends and Family
Friends of the Festival Family Tent (Seats 25)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sun, Mar 10, 1:30 pm - 2:15 pm

Panelists: LeUyen Pham, Gene Luen Yang
On Your Mark, Get Set, Draw: Illustrator Draw-Off
Join Adam Rex for a fun draw-off as illustrators compete to create quick drawings based on suggestions from Adam and the audience.

Education Kiva 211 (Seats 200)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sun, Mar 10, 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Children
Signing area: Signing Area - Children (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelists: Joe Cepeda, Lian Cho, Anna Margrethe Kjærgaard, LeUyen Pham, Brendan Wenzel, Gene Luen Yang
Moderator: Adam Rex

Books:
Lunar New Year Love Story
Children
First Second
January 2024
ISBN 9781250908261
352 pages
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American Born Chinese
Children
First Second
April 2023
ISBN 9781250891396
240 pages