Author of 'American Born Chinese' to present

University Park, Pa. -- Gene Yang, author of the graphic novel "American Born Chinese," will present "Why Comics?" at 4 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 10, in Foster Auditorium, 101 Pattee Library. Yang is the latest novelist to visit University Libraries as part of the popular Graphic Novel Speaker Series, which in the past has brought in Harvey Pekar, Phoebe Gloeckner, Howard Cruse and Jay Hosler. The presentation is sponsored by Penn State's English Department and Asian American Studies, First-Year Studies, the University Libraries' Charles W. Mann Jr. Lecture in the Book Arts, the Pennsylvania Center for the Book, and Library Learning Services.

"American Born Chinese" is Yang's first major graphic novel. It was the first graphic novel to be nominated for a National Book Award (2006) and the first graphic novel to win the American Library Association's Printz Award (2007). It also was featured in Best American Comics 2008 Anthology. "American Born Chinese" is available in the University Libraries' Leisure Reading Collection, ground floor, Pattee Library, west.

For more information, contact Eileen Akin, coordinator, audio-visual collections and Fred Waring's America, (814) 863-2911,

Last Updated November 18, 2010