Stories for Change: Gene Luen Yang, author of Superman Smashes the Klan!

Author Gene Yang and Superman Smashes the Klan!
April 28, 2021 - 12:15pm-1:00pm 

Stories for Change: A YA Author Series

This Spring, Berkeley Public Library presents Stories for Change, an event series spotlighting some of today’s most exciting YA authors and stories that celebrate acceptance, understanding, and truth.

Stories for Change Presents Gene Luen Yang’s Superman Smashes the Klan: In 1946, the Chinese-American Lee family moves from Chinatown into a mixed Metropolis suburb. Tommy is excited to be living closer to the stomping grounds of his favorite here, Superman, while his older sister Roberta mostly just wants to stay under the radar of the neighborhood kids. However, the family’s presence does catch the attention of the local KKK chapter, who begin an escalating campaign of terror! As Superman becomes involved in protecting the Lees, he soon learns that the racism motivating the KKK is deeply bound in the fabric of Metropolis. Is even Superman’s strength enough to smash the forces of white supremacy? Award-winning graphic novelist Gene Yang delivers an exciting throwback Superman story with a very modern message.

Join author Gene Luen Yang for a talk on the true history of this super-powerful story, and the influence Superman has had on Gene's own life!

Registration is required. Register for the event on Zoom.

This event is made possible by the generous support of the Friends of the Berkeley Public Library.

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