Register today for the eighth installment in the AAPI Communities in Conversation series, featuring James Yang, Author of A Boy Named Isamu: A Story of Isamu Noguchi, in conversation with Karen Wang from the New York Public Library. The live stream is set for Tuesday, August 2 at 1 PM ET.
In a starred review, PW singled out Yang's book for young readers, based on the life of sculptor Isamu Noguchi, "less a biography than an attentive, balanced study of an artist’s sensibility," with a moving author's note about Noguchi, who believed that “when an artist stopped being a child, he would stop being an artist.”
The AAPI Communities in Conversation series aims to celebrate and highlight notable books by Asian American and Pacific Islander authors and creators, as well as increase the appreciation and understanding of the Asian and Pacific diasporic cultures, stories, and experiences. The Penguin Random House Library Marketing team is coordinating the series with Nicole A. Cooke, the Augusta Baker Endowed Chair and associate professor at the University of South Carolina's School of Library and Information Science (and a PW contributor).
Program moderators are public and academic librarians of Asian/Pacific descent and include adult and youth specialists, ALA emerging leaders, and active members of the Chinese American Librarians Association and Asian Pacific American Librarians Association.
There is a live talk scheduled for every month in 2022, and the talks will archived and promoted for later viewing on via PW’s weekly Preview for Librarians newsletter and on the PW web site.