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Gene Yang, groundbreaking graphic novelist, to speak in Knoxville on March 4 and 5

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National Book Award nominee and Printz Award recipient to discuss the creation, merit, and educational value of graphic novels
The comic book has officially grown up. If prestigious literary awards are any indication of ultimate acceptance, the comic book and its younger sister, the graphic novel, are decidedly in.  Knox County Public Library is pleased to partner with the Center for Children’s and Young Adult Literature at the University of Tennessee to present two evenings with award-winning graphic novelist, Gene Luen Yang.

On Monday, March 4, 7 p.m., at University of Tennessee Hodges Library Auditorium, 1015 Volunteer Blvd., Yang will speak to educators about how to select comics for the classroom, and how to use comics to promote literacy, engage students, and help students think critically about media. This event is free and open to the public. Yang will be available to sign books after the talk.

On Tuesday, March 5, 6 p.m., at the East Tennessee History Center Auditorium, 601 South Gay Street, Yang will illustrate how to make comic books, taking students through his creative process step-by-step. This workshop is free, however registration is required. Interested parties should reserve space by calling 865-215-8700 or registering online at

Save the Date: Gene Yang is Coming to UT

Gene Yang, author of multiple award-winning graphic novels, comics, and short stories, will be speaking at UT at 7:00 pm on March 4, 2013 in Hodges Auditorium. Mr. Yang is currently writing the Avatar: The Last Airbender series, and he also works at Bishop O'Dowd High School in Oakland, California. We're thrilled that he is taking the time out of his busy schedule to visit us here in Knoxville! For more information on Gene Yang, visit his website,


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