Noted graphic novelist and literary ambassador coming to NCW

NCW — North Central Regional Library is hosting award-winning graphic novelist and literary ambassador Gene Luen Yang for three days in North Central Washington in November.

Yang will visit with students at high schools in Wenatchee, East Wenatchee, Quincy, Moses Lake, Brewster and Omak from Nov. 7-9 and will headline a free public event at the Wenatchee Convention Center Nov. 8.

The author of “American Born Chinese” and writer of DC Comics New Superman series is currently serving as the Library of Congress National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature and was recently awarded the MacArthur Genius Grant. Yang was selected as NCRL’s 2016 Fall Teen Author.

NCRL has provided copies of Yang’s book, “American Born Chinese” — the first graphic novel to be nominated for a National Book Award — to the schools.

Yang will speak at 6 p.m. Nov. 8 at the Wenatchee Convention Center, with a book signing to follow. Viewing of exhibits from local artists and makers, a fan art gallery and refreshments will take place from 5 to 6 p.m.

Yang’s platform is Reading Without Walls. He is challenging young readers to expand their horizons and read books featuring characters who don’t look or live like themselves; books on a topic they know little about; and books in a format they don’t normally read, such as graphic novels or books in verse.

For more information, contact Luke Ellington at 663-1117, ext. 110.