Get tickets to see Gene Luen Yang!

Robin Brenner | February 13, 2017

You can now order tickets to the events at the Coolidge Corner Theatre via the Brookline Booksmith here.

On Thursday, April 6th, our National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature (and MacArthur Fellow) Gene Luen Yang will be visiting Brookline!

In anticipation of his visit, we encourage everyone in Brookline to take on his challenge to readers:

Reading Without Walls

Gene Luen Yang has set three challenges to every reader to read (at least) three books outside of their comfort zone:

  • Read a book about a character who doesn’t look or live like you. Diversity comes in many forms: race, religion, gender, geography, sexual orientation, class, ability and more.
  • Read a book about a topic you don’t know much about. Explore your world with a STEM book (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics). You don’t have to be an all-star athlete to dive into a book on sports. History isn’t all facts and dates. Immerse yourself in a memoir, historical fiction, or nonfiction title.
  • Read a book in a format you don’t normally read for fun. This could be a picture book, a chapter book, a graphic novel, or a book in verse.

Take the challenge!

If you accept this challenge, join us starting January 1, 2017.

First thing to do: READ!  Check out our recommended book lists to get yourself started.

A few of our selected lists:

  • Teen titles by type, including lists featuring Black Lives Matter, Characters of Color, Feminist History & Heroines, Latinx Characters, QUILTBAG (aka Queer/questioning, intersex, lesbian, transgender, bisexual, asexual, and gay) characters, our In Our Own Words list, and Unconventional Formats
  • Award Winning titles for teen readers, including awards for a wide range of genres and representation

Check out the excellent work of the following websites, bloggers, and organizations for even more titles to choose from.

If a title fits more than one category, you can use that one title as part of the challenge.  But why not read three?  That’s only one per month!

Share your title

When you’ve read a book that fits one of the above three challenges, come in to your local Brookline library and let us know you’ve finished one part of the challenge.  If you want to share your title, you can add to our Reading Without Walls favorites wall display.  Get a reporting sheet at our public desks and write down the title and author.  If you want to, write about, quote, or draw a picture of your favorite part of the title you read at the bottom of the sheet.  If you want to sign it with your first name, please do.

Get your badge

Turn in your sheet to one of our desks, and you can pick up a wearable badge featuring Gene Yang’s titles The Shadow Hero, Secret Coders, and American Born Chinese for completing that level of the challenge.

When you’ve completed all three, you’ll also get a certificate that shows you’ve completed the full challenge.

Join us April 6th to meet Gene!

Join everyone to hear Gene Yang speak about his ambassadorship, his writing and art, and his mission to help everyone read without walls.  We are partnering with the Brookline Booksmith for this event, and we will post more details about it as soon as we have them.