Tim Federle, Jason Reynolds, and Gene Luen Yang, moderated by Alex Green
Gene Luen Yang, recently named the fifth National Ambassador for Young People's Literature, has chosen "Reading without Walls" as the platform for his tenure as ambassador. "I want kids to explore the world through books, to read outside of their comfort zones. Specifically, I want them—and you—to..." Come find out what Gene, Tim, and Jason, all three spectacularly gifted book-makers, have to say.
Tim Federle is the award-winning author of the autobiographical novels "Better Nate Than Ever" and its sequel, the Lambda Literary Award-winning "Five, Six, Seven, Nate!" The book was also listed on "Best of" lists at The New York Times and the American Booksellers Association, respectively, and called “one of the best new middle grade series” by School Library Journal. Federle's newest book, "The Great American Whatever," was inspired by an accident near his high school in Pittsburgh that changed the community forever. It is his first novel for young adults.
A Bay Area native, Alex Green is the author of three books of poetry: "The Heart Goes Boom," "Emergency Anthems," and "The Stone Roses." He currently teaches at St. Mary's College of California and is the editor of www.stereoembersmagazine.com.
Winner of the Coretta Scott King/Johnson Steptoe Award for new talent, Jason Reynolds is the author of several children's books, including "When I Was the Greatest," “Boy in the Black Suit,” and “All American Boys” (co-written with Brendan Kiely). His latest is "As Brave as You," a middle-grade book in which two brothers try to determine how brave they can be, until everything backfires.
Gene Luen Yang
Gene Luen Yang began drawing comic books in the fifth grade. When he published his book American Born Chinese (a National Book Award finalist and winner of the Printz Award) he was already an established figure in the indie-comics scene. His most recent book is the graphic novel diptych, Boxers & Saints.