Gene Luen Yang: We Need Diverse Books

Gene Luen Yang headshot and book covers
January 22, 2018

Award-winning graphic novelist and author will speak as part of Reading Without Walls!

  • January 22, 6-8 p.m. 
  • Kirby Ballroom
  • Free and open to the public

Award-winning graphic novelist and comic book author Gene Luen Yang will visit UMD on January 22, 2018, as part of the Reading Without Walls program. Gene will speak at 6 p.m. in Kirby Ballroom about the importance of narratives that convey a multitude of cultural experiences. Gene’s books will be available for purchase and signing by the author immediately following his presentation.

Gene Luen Yang is the National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature, a MacArthur Fellow, and the national spokesperson for the Reading Without Walls program. His published work includes American Born Chinese, Boxers & Saints, and The Shadow Hero. He has also written Avatar: The Last Airbender and Superman comics.

This free event is part of the Reading Without Walls program, which is designed to create a community of readers at UMD and in Duluth and encourage participants to encounter, discuss, and share diverse ideas, characters, genres, and perspectives through reading.

Gene’s visit is made possible by the Duluth Public Library, UMD’s Kathryn A. Martin Library, Alworth Institute for International Studies, Commission for Women, Department of International Studies, Department of Social Work, Kirby Leadership Institute, Kirby Program Board, Kirby Student Center, Mortar Board Honor Society, and UMD Stores.

For more information about this event, contact Kayleen Jones at 218-726-8733 or jone1913@d.umn.edu.