Join us to celebrate a gorgeous new graphic novel, The Magic Fish, by local author Trung Le Nguyen, in conversation with celebrated picture book author Minh Lê! In this graphic novel for young adults, Trung follows three storylines: Tiến, who is scared to come out to his Vietnamese immigrant parents, his mother, back when she was younger and in Vietnam, and the narrative of a fairy tale they're reading together. Trung and Minh will talk about the book, the process of creating it, and Trung's art as Trungles, plus answer questions from the audience!
Trung Le Nguyen, also known as Trungles, is a Vietnamese-American comic book artist and storyteller from Minnesota. He was born in a refugee camp somewhere in the Philippine province of Palawan. Trung has contributed work for Oni Press, Boom! Studios, and Image Comics, largely in the romance genre. His first original graphic novel, The Magic Fish, was published on October 13, 2020 through Random House Graphic, an imprint of Random House Children’s Books.Trung currently lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota and raises three very spoiled hens. He is particularly fond of fairy tales, kids' cartoons, and rom-coms of all stripes.
Minh Lê is the author of the picture books Drawn Together (winner of the 2019 Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature) and Lift, illustrated by Caldecott Medalist Dan Santat, Let Me Finish! (named an NPR Best Book of 2016) illustrated by Isabel Roxas, and The Perfect Seat illustrated by Gus Gordon (all published by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers). He also wrote Green Lantern: Legacy, a middle grade graphic novel (illustrated by Andie Tong) for DC Comics. In addition to writing books, he has written for a variety of publications, including the New York Times, HuffPost, and NPR. Outside of spending time with his wonderful wife and children at their home in San Diego, his favorite place to be is in the middle of a good book.
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