October 21, 2013

Yang Named Finalist for Literature Award

Gene Luen Yang, a member of the faculty in the low-residency Masters of Fine Arts in Writing for Children and Young Adults (MFAC) program, was named one of five finalists for the National Book Award in Young People's Literature. He is nominated for Boxers & Saints, a two-volume set of graphic novels, written and illustrated by Yang, set in 1900 China during the Boxer Rebellion. Yang's American Born Chinese became the first graphic novel to win a Printz Award for young adult literature in 2007. Anne Ursu, also a member of the MFAC faculty, was long listed for the National Book Award for her new novel, The Real Boy.