Congratulations, MacArthur Genius Gene Luen Yang!

yangOn Wednesday, when the MacArthur Foundation announced its 2016 fellows, Gene Luen Yang among them, Booklist released a collective cheer.

“Gene’s work in the field of children’s literature and graphic novels makes him utterly deserving of this award,” says Sara Hunter,  Booklist’s senior editor of Books for Youth. “Not only does he pen entertaining stories full of humor, intrigue, and action, but he seamlessly incorporates important questions and complex topics and offers incisive, wise commentary on race and identity, all without ever condescending to his readers. He’s a fantastic, welcoming advocate for libraries and readers, and the more he gets to accomplish, the better.”

Hunter had the pleasure of speaking with Yang in 2013 upon the release of his companion graphic novels Boxers and Saints. This followed his Booklist interview about his award-winning, breakout graphic novel, American Born Chinese. In January, he became the National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature, and last week, he announced a new initiative encouraging diverse reading. All the while, Yang’s list of published works has grown ever longer, as did the number of effusive reviews published in this magazine.

Gene Luen Yang: Coolest Genius? We sure think so. Here’s a list of his uniformly glowing Booklist reviews.

Paths & Portals (2016)

Superman, v.1 (2016)

Secret Coders (2015)

The Shadow Hero (2014)

Boxers (2013)

Saints (2013)

Level Up (2011)

Prime Baby (2010)

Animal Crackers (2010)

The Eternal Smile (2009)

Up All Night (2008)

American Born Chinese (2007)



About the Author:

Eugenia Williamson is the Associate Editor of Digital Products at Booklist. She worked in bookstores for twelve years, reviews books for The Boston Globe, and writes about books, culture, and politics for several other publications. Follow her on Twitter at @Booklist_Genie.

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