Graphic novelists Gene Luen Yang, Lauren Redniss land the 2016 MacArthur ‘genius’ grant

September 22, 2016 4:37 AM

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Graphic novelists Gene Luen Yang, Lauren Redniss land the 2016 MacArthur ‘genius’ grant

GENE LUEN YANG, the cartoonist and educator whose “American Born Chinese” (2006) was the first graphic novel to be a finalist for the National Book Award, has just received an honor that puts an exclamation point on everything he’s already achieved in his still-rising career.

Yang, 43, has just been named a MacArthur Fellow — one of 23 recipients of the so-called “genius” grant this year, the MacArthur Foundation is announcing Thursday. The class of 2016 also includes New York graphic storyteller Lauren Redniss.

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