GENE YANG: Reading Without Walls *Off-Site*

The Doylestown Bookshop and Holicong Middle School are excited to welcome Gene Luen Yang, the National Ambassador of Young People’s Literature, to Holicong Middle School on Sunday, April 2 2017. You must register for the event below. Admission is free.

Event Details:

Doors open at 5:00pm

Event begins at 6:00pm

The author will be giving a presentation followed by a Q&A. The author's books will be available for sale at the event. He will be signing books at the event.
 
 
About Reading without Walls:
 

Initiated as a pilot program at the time Gene Luen Yang was appointed National Ambassador of Young People’s Literature, Reading Without Walls, a program to expand the range of books that children read, will launch and become an annual event beginning in April.

Reading Without Walls is designed to "celebrate reading and diversity" and encourage children to read books outside of their personal experience, books they might not have considered before. Structured as an educational challenge, the program encourages children to “read a book about a character who doesn’t look like you,” or to read “a book about a topic you don’t know much about,” or “a book in a format that they don’t normally read for fun, such as a chapter book, an audio book, a graphic novel, or a book in verse.” Once a challenge is completed children receive certificates and other rewards that mark their literary achievement.

In an interview with PW, Yang, a MacArthur “Genius” Fellow, who has had two graphic novels nominated for National Book Awards in Young People’s Literature, said that “[Reading Without Walls] started last January as an experimental pilot when I was appointed National Ambassador. Schools and libraries and bookstores put up displays and issued challenges. We want to make it easier for them.” Yang said the pilot program has led to the design of certificates of participation, posters, activity kits, puzzles, and other materials to promote the reading program.

“I announced Reading Without Walls program at the National Book Festival [last fall] with a speech on social media. People really ran with it and we’ve gotten a lot of feedback. Now we’re finalizing the program and supplying a lot of formal materials to teachers, retailers, and librarians that will help them get involved.”

Yang said that feedback from the pilot program has helped to expand the program to “reading in other languages. We’ll also have kits that encourage children to create their own poetry, novels and comics. We’re taking [the program] from reading without walls, to encouraging kids to make their own stories, outside of their walls.”

The program is a partnership with the Center for the Book at the Library of Congress, Every Child a Reader, the Children's Book Council, and Macmillan Children's Publishing Group.
 
 
About Gene Luen Yang:
 

Gene began making comics and graphic novels in the fifth grade. In 2006, his book American Born Chinese became the first graphic novel to be nominated for a National Book Award and the first to win the American Library Association's Printz Award. It also won an Eisner Award for Best Graphic Album - New. In 2013, he released Boxers & Saints, a two volume graphic novel about the Boxer Rebellion, which was nominated for a National Book Award and won the L.A. Times Book Prize. He has done a number of other comics, including Dark Horse Comics' continuation of the popular Nickelodeon cartoon Avatar: The Last Airbender and DC Comics' Superman. In addition to cartooning, he teaches creative writing through Hamline University's MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults. For more information, please visit his website at geneyang.com.

 

Event date: 
Sunday, April 2, 2017 - 5:00pm
Event address: 
Holicong Middle School
2900 Holicong Road
Doylestown, PA 18902
American Born Chinese Cover Image
By Gene Luen Yang, Gene Luen Yang (Illustrator)
$10.99
ISBN: 9780312384487
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Square Fish - December 23rd, 2008

Boxers Cover Image
By Gene Luen Yang, Lark Pien (Inked or Colored by), Gene Luen Yang (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9781596433595
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: First Second - September 10th, 2013

Saints Cover Image
By Gene Luen Yang, Gene Luen Yang (Illustrator), Lark Pien (Inked or Colored by)
$15.99
ISBN: 9781596436893
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: First Second - September 10th, 2013

Boxers & Saints Boxed Set Cover Image
By Gene Luen Yang, Lark Pien (Inked or Colored by), Gene Luen Yang (Illustrator)
$34.99
ISBN: 9781596439245
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: First Second - September 10th, 2013

Comics Squad: Recess! Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9780385370035
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Random House Books for Young Readers - July 8th, 2014

New Super-Man Vol. 1: Made in China (Rebirth) Cover Image
By Gene Luen Yang, Viktor Bogdanovic (Illustrator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9781401270933
Availability: Usually Arrives to Store in 1-5 Days
Published: DC Comics - June 27th, 2017

Superman, Volume 1: Before Truth Cover Image
By Gene Luen Yang, John Romita (Illustrator)
$22.99
ISBN: 9781401259815
Availability: Usually Arrives to Store in 1-5 Days
Published: DC Comics - April 12th, 2016

Superman Vol. 2: Return to Glory Cover Image
By Gene Luen Yang, Howard Porter (Illustrator)
$24.99
ISBN: 9781401268305
Availability: Usually Arrives to Store in 1-5 Days
Published: DC Comics - March 14th, 2017

The Rift, Part 1 Cover Image
By Gene Luen Yang, Gurihiru (Illustrator)
$10.99
ISBN: 9781616552954
Availability: Usually Arrives to Store in 1-5 Days
Published: Dark Horse Comics - March 18th, 2014

The Rift, Part 2 Cover Image
$10.99
ISBN: 9781616552961
Availability: Usually Arrives to Store in 1-5 Days
Published: Dark Horse Comics - July 29th, 2014

Avatar: The Last Airbender - The Search Part 3 Cover Image
By Gene Luen Yang, Various (Illustrator)
$10.99
ISBN: 9781616551841
Availability: Usually Arrives to Store in 1-5 Days
Published: Dark Horse Books - November 12th, 2013

Avatar: The Last Airbender - The Promise Part 1 Cover Image
By Gene Luen Yang, Various (Illustrator), Tim Hedrick
$10.99
ISBN: 9781595828118
Availability: Usually Arrives to Store in 1-5 Days
Published: Dark Horse Books - January 24th, 2012

Avatar: The Last Airbender - The Promise Part 3 Cover Image
$10.99
ISBN: 9781595829412
Availability: Usually Arrives to Store in 1-5 Days
Published: Dark Horse Books - September 25th, 2012

Open MIC: Riffs on Life Between Cultures in Ten Voices Cover Image
By Mitali Perkins (Editor), Various
$7.99
ISBN: 9780763690953
Availability: Usually Arrives to Store in 1-5 Days
Published: Candlewick Press (MA) - August 23rd, 2016

The Shadow Hero Cover Image
By Gene Luen Yang, Sonny Liew (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781596436978
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: First Second - July 15th, 2014

Level Up Cover Image
By Gene Luen Yang, Thien Pham (Illustrator)
$9.99
ISBN: 9781250108111
Availability: Usually Arrives to Store in 1-5 Days
Published: Square Fish - July 19th, 2016

The Eternal Smile: Three Stories Cover Image
By Gene Luen Yang, Derek Kirk Kim (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781596431560
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: First Second - April 28th, 2009

Rosary Comic Book: Includes the Luminous Mysteries Cover Image
$8.95
ISBN: 9780819864796
Availability: Usually Arrives to Store in 1-5 Days
Published: Pauline Books & Media - April 1st, 2003