National Ambassador of Young People's Literature Gene Luen Yang Joins 2016 TLA Annual Conference

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Gene Luen Yang to Deliver Closing Author Session 
at 2016 Texas Library Association Conference

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Press Release  
February 25, 2016 

Sara Ortiz | Communications & Marketing Specialist | 512-328-1518

– February 25, 2016 – The Texas Library Association (TLA) will welcome Gene Luen Yang, the Library of Congress 2016-2017 National Ambassador for Young People's Literature at the TLA Annual Conference in Houston, TX. Yang will deliver the closing remarks at the Hilton Americas-Houston (1600 Lamar Street) on Friday, April 22, 2016 at noon.

Yang will travel nationwide as National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature to promote his platform, “Reading Without Walls.” His aim is to show kids and teens that reading is a vital part of their lives. His message to parents, teachers, and librarians—everyone invested in young people’s literacy—is to help kids and teens develop a love of reading. Yang’s goal at TLA will be to raise national awareness of the importance of young people’s literature as it relates to lifelong literacy, education, and the development and betterment of the lives of young people.

“We are pleased to have Gene Luen Yang, recently-named 2016 National Library Week Honorary Chair, at Annual Conference,” said TLA Executive Director Pat Smith. “His support highlights the important work of all type of libraries in promoting literacy and lifelong passion for reading.”

Yang’s critically-acclaimed graphic novels include American Born Chinese, a National Book Award finalist and Michael Printz winner, and Boxer & Saints, also a National Book Award finalist, Printz Honor, and LA Times Book Prize for Young Readers.

Currently, Yang is writing the graphic novel series Secret Coders, illustrated by Mike Holmes. This middle-grade series takes Yang’s background in education and computer science and combines that knowledge with storytelling to teach kids about computer programming. He is a strong proponent of using comics in education and of representing diversity through the comics medium.

At the 2016 TLA Annual Conference, almost 7,500 industry professionals will gather over four days, with 200 information and library leaders, policy experts, and authors to cover topics including technology trends, makerspaces, literacy initiatives, advocacy, administration sessions, and explorations of today’s most pressing information and education issues. Continuing its tradition of serving as the premier marketplace of ideas and information services, the TLA Annual Conference will also host close to 500 companies, publishers, media outlets, and professional library services organizations.

For more information and registration details on the 2016 TLA Conference, visit

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Created on Feb 25, 2016 | Last updated February 25, 2016


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