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Gene Luen 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. Visit Gene Yang's official website.
The National Ambassador for Young People's Literature raises awareness of the importance of young people's literature as it relates to lifelong literacy, education, and the development and betterment of the lives of young people. The initiative is sponsored by The Center for the Book in the Library of Congress, the Children’s Book Council, and Every Child a Reader.
Chatting with Derek Kirk Kim
In my second podcast, I'm here with my good friend and collaborator, Derek Kirk Kim (Same Difference and Other Stories). Together we created The Eternal Smile, three short stories that explore the theme of fantasy vs. reality.
Derek is a writer, artist, and filmmaker — and the lead character designer on Adventure Time, an animated television series broadcast on the Cartoon Network. Listen in to our chat!