Reading outside your comfort zone - it builds muscles, too

Jan 23, 2018

Gene Luen Yang

Unless you have a job that lets you travel to many exotic locations, it's hard to meet enough different kinds of people to really expand your horizons.

Of course, readers already know that one of the best ways to do that is through books.

UMD's Reading Without Walls program is part of a national effort to get folks reading "outside their comfort zones," and they invited award-winning graphic novelist and comic book author Gene Yang to speak on campus last night about the importance of narratives that convey many different cultural experiences.

  Gene Yang is the National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature, a MacArthur Fellow, and the national spokesperson for the Reading Without Walls program. His published work includes American Born Chinese, Boxers & Saints, and The Shadow Hero. He has also written Avatar: The Last Airbender and Superman comics.

  And here is a list of UMD's Reading Without Walls events, including a Winter Silent Reading Party January 31 at the Mount Royal Branch Library