National Book Awards
Gene Luen Yang’s two-volume Boxers & Saints is among the finalists for the 2013 National Book Award for Young People’s Literature. His 2006 work American Born Chinese was the first graphic novel to be nominated for a National Book Award.
Published by First Second Books, Boxers & Saints tells two parallel stories set against the backdrop of the Boxer Rebellion: the first is of Little Bao, a peasant boy who joins in the violent uprising against Westerners following the destruction of his village; and the second is of a girl taken in by Christian missionaries when her village has no place for her. Boxers & Saints was released just last week.
The bestselling graphic novel, released in September by WW Norton & Co., recounts Small’s experience as a young teen who hadn’t been told he had cancer and was expected to die.
Stitches is the second graphic novel to be nominated in the young people’s literature category; Gene Luen Yang’s American Born Chinese was a finalist in 2006.
Established in 1950, the National Book Awards are presented annually to American authors for works published the previous year. The winners, announced in November, each receive $10,000 and a bronze sculpture. Finalists each receive $1,000, a medal and a citation.