2016 has been a banner year for American Born Chinese cartoonist Gene Luen Yang. Earlier this year, he was named National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature by the United States Library of Congress. Then he launched a brand new Chinese-centric Superman series with DC Comics entitled New Super-Man. Just today, he became the honored recipient of a MacArthur “Genius” Grant. Whether you were introduced to his work through Boxers and Saints or Secret Coders, there’s no question at this point that Yang is one of the most prolific members of the comics community.
This weekend, if you live in New York City, you will have the opportunity to shake hands with and congratulate Yang in person at the Thalia Kids’ Book Club event at Symphony Space. He will be there with writer and illustrator Christopher Myers to discuss the latest entry in his Secret Coders series, “Paths & Portals,” published through First Second. The event will take place on Sunday, September 25th at 1PM. Tickets are $16.
Yang’s talk in New York City this weekend will follow his appearances at the National Book Festival in Washington D.C. on Saturday. Following the Symphony Space event, Yang will be touring a number of bookstores around the country. Check out the list of dates and locations helpfully provided to The Beat by First Second below.
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