EVENT: SFPL, Leveling Up with Gene Yang: Mixing Magic with Graphics, Nov 5

Date: Saturday, Nov. 5, 2011
Time: 1 – 2:30 p.m.
Place: San Francisco Public Library, Main Branch, 100 Larkin Street, Latino/Hispanic Community Meeting Room, San Francisco, CA 94102

How do graphic novels get made? Graphic novelist Gene Luen Yang, author of the Printz Award-winning graphic novel American Born Chinese and recently Level Up, will demystify the inner workings behind this increasingly popular narrative art form. Renowned for his sensitive depictions of adolescence and mix- ing of magical realist elements with the everyday to demonstrate the difficulties of growing up as an Asian American, Yang will discuss his own work and the emerging graphic novel medium.

Gene Luen Yang’s works include The Eternal Smile (winner of the Eisner Award), Prime Baby (serialized in The New York Times), and Level Up (now in stores). When he’s not making comics, he teaches at Bishop O’Dowd High School. Visit his site at http://geneyang.com. A book sale and signing follows the program.