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Gene Luen Yang Named Winner of 2023 NSK Neustadt Prize for Children’s and Young Adult Literature

Gene Luen Yang Named Winner of 2023 NSK Neustadt Prize for Children’s and Young Adult Literature
NSK Laureate Gene Luen Yang

A photograph of NSK Laureate Gene Luen Yang

NORMAN, Okla. - October 25, 2022 - (

World Literature Today, the University of Oklahoma's award-winning magazine of international literature and culture, today announced Gene Luen Yang as the winner of the 2023 NSK Neustadt Prize for Children's and Young Adult Literature. He is the first graphic novelist to win the prestigious prize.

Yang's American Born Chinese was the first graphic novel to be nominated for a National Book Award and the first to win the American Library Association's Printz Award.

In 2013, Boxers & Saints, his two-volume graphic novel about the Boxer Rebellion, was nominated for a National Book Award and won the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. In 2016, the Library of Congress, Every Child a Reader and the Children's Book Council appointed Yang the National Ambassador for Young People's Literature, and he was a three-time honoree for the 2021 Eisner Awards.

Trung Le Nguyen, an award-winning comics writer and artist, nominated Yang for the NSK Prize and chose his graphic novel American Born Chinese as the representative text for the jury to read.

"American Born Chinese deftly handles issues of immigration [and] internalized racism as if believing in the capacity for very young readers to synthesize disparate and complicated modes of written communication," Nguyen wrote in his nominating statement.

Kathy Neustadt, representing the Neustadt family, made the announcement during the annual Neustadt Lit Fest. The next lit fest will be given in Yang's honor in October 2023.

Highly respected within the literary community for its recognition of excellence, the NSK Prize was first given in 2003 to Mildred D. Taylor, author of Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry. Additional past winners are Brian Doyle (2005), Katherine Paterson (2007), Vera B. Williams (2009), Virginia Euwer Wolff (2011), Naomi Shihab Nye (2013), Meshack Asare (2015), Marilyn Nelson (2017), Margarita Engle (2019) and Cynthia Leitich Smith (2021).

A blue-ribbon jury selects the finalists and the winner based solely on literary merit as well as the importance of the writer's contribution to children's and young adult literature. NSK winners are awarded $35,000, a silver medallion, and a certificate of recognition.

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Mini Museum Launches the Largest Single-Item Black Friday Discount in History

Save $1,000,000 on This Incredibly Rare WWII Artifact From the Manhattan Project

Mini Museum Launches the Largest Single-Item Black Friday Discount in History
Manhattan Project Shield Window

A truly exceptional, one-of-a-kind artifact from WWII. This complete shield window from the Manhattan Project's 221-T Plant in Hanford, Washington, is breathtaking to behold. (On display with a large $1.8M crystal)

WASHINGTON - November 21, 2022 - (

This Black Friday, Mini Museum is offering one discerning collector the opportunity to purchase a unique World War II artifact of incredible historical importance at a record-breaking discount. 

For one day only, a complete Manhattan Project Shield Window will be available to purchase for $2,400,000. This is a discount of $1,000,000 off the regular price of $3,400,000 for this incomparable historical object, making this the largest single-item Black Friday discount in history.

"There is really nothing else like this window," said Mini Museum Co-Founder Jamie Grove. "It is a singular object in history that represents the shift to the Atomic Era."

Through this crystal-clear window, scientists at the Hanford Site in Washington produced the plutonium that would eventually be used in the world's first atomic bomb explosion: the Trinity nuclear test where Robert Oppenheimer would recall the words of the Bhagavad Gita, "Now I am become Death, the destroyer of worlds." Later, the site would produce the plutonium used in the "Fat Man" atomic bomb.

Only a few complete shield windows still exist, with many having been broken or lost. This particular window was sold during a government surplus auction in the late 1980s as part of the decommissioning process of the plant. Measuring 54" in length and weighing roughly 1,700 pounds, this particular window is the largest known complete window in private hands. 

There's no fear of radioactivity in this relic due to its high lead concentration. That said, any prospective buyer will still want to be careful to use gloves, as too much lead exposure can be dangerous. This was just one of many dangers scientists working on the Manhattan Project faced on a daily basis.

While this object is destined for one particular collection, fragments from smaller shield windows are also available on Mini Museum's website at prices starting at just $29.

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