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

September 22, 2016 4:37 AM

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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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