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Literary Festival

Gene Luen Yang

American Born Chinese, his first graphic novel, was a National Book Award finalist as well as the winner of the Printz Award and an Eisner Award in 2006. His two-volume graphic novel  Boxers & Saints  won the L.A. Times Book Prize and was a National Book Award Finalist in 2013. In 2003, as part of his Lenten practice, Yang created The Rosary Comic Book to help preteens and teens understand and enjoy the rosary prayers. 


 


STUDENT TICKETS ARE FREE

Students may attend at no charge, but due to space limitations, must register.  

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Adult tickets are $10

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JOIN BISHOP DUNNE
APRIL 9, 2024

FEATURING GENE LUEN YANG 

The fourth annual Bishop Dunne Literary Festival will be held April 9, 2024. This year’s speaker is Gene Luen Yang. An award-winning graphic novelist and illustrator, Yang is also a former Catholic high school teacher. He served as the Library of Congress’ fifth National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature. While Ambassador he created a program called “Reading Without Walls” to encourage students to read books that they might not normally choose on their own.

Yang’s other works include the middle grade series  Secret Coders  (with Mike Holmes),  The Shadow Hero  (with Sonny Liew),  New Super-Man (with various artists), and Avatar: The Last Airbender  series (with Gurihiru).  In 2016, he was named a MacArthur Foundation Fellow. His most recent books are the memoir Dragon Hoops (2020) and Superman Smashes the Klan (2020). 

Save the date for the evening of April 9, 2024, to come hear Gene Yang speak. Everyone is welcome. Watch for more details, or for more information please see the librarian, Ms. Melanie Gibson, or email her at mgibson@bdcs.org.  

The Festival is a celebration of the written and spoken word intended to encourage a love of language and literature among students, teachers and the community at large. The event brings nationally renowned authors to our Oak Cliff campus to share their insights about the craft of writing and literature’s ability to explore contemporary issues in creative ways. Two-time National Book Award winner Jesmyn Ward, NAACP Image Award and Kirkus Prize winner Jason Reynolds, and Newbery medalist Matt de la Peña appeared at previous festivals. 


 

Literary Festival Committee

Dr. Veronica Alonzo Associate Superintendent Catholic Schools Office
Paulina Carrillo Community Member
Erica Culton Bishop Dunne Teacher/Director of Middle School
Melanie Gibson Literary Festival Chair
Elisa Goodwin Director of Development and Alumni Relations
Amy Hinojosa Community Member
Jenny Hood Director of Admission
Natalie Louis Bishop Dunne Parent Volunteer
Michele Morgan Bishop Dunne Parent Volunteer
Damian McDonald Guidance Counselor
Amber Peoples Middle School Social Studies
Kathryn Perry Director of External Relations
Steve Smith Development Coordinator
Michele Thompson Bishop Dunne Parent Volunteer
Christine Voigt Director of Curriculum and Instructional Technology

 


NEW THIS YEAR!
LITFEST ART CONTEST
OPEN TO ALL STUDENTS!

First page of the PDF file: 2024LitFestCompetitionFlyerFinal

 


 


Sponsorship Opportunities

Gold Circle $5,000: 20 VIP tickets to the Literary Festival. Banner displayed on the Bishop Dunne campus through June 30, 2025. Acknowledged during event welcome and opportunity to briefly address guests at podium. Reserved front seats at keynote address. Inclusion in all event print materials, press releases, website, and social media

Silver Circle $2,500: 12 VIP tickets to the Literary Festival. Banner displayed on the Bishop Dunne campus through December 31, 2024. Reserved premium seats at keynote address. Included in event program, website, and social media. First right of refusal for next year's Silver Circle sponsorship level

Bronze Circle $1,000: 6 VIP tickets to the Literary Festival. Banner displayed at event. Reserved premium seats at keynote address. Inclusion in event program, website and social media. First right of refusal for next year's Bronze Circle sponsorship level.

Patron Sponsor $500: 4 VIP tickets to the Literary Festival. inclusion in event program and website

Supporting Sponsor $250: 2 VIP tickets to the Literary Festival. Inclusion in event program and website.

Falcon Family Supporter $100: 2 tickets to the Literary Festival. Name acknowledged in event program and website.

Partner $50: 2 tickets to the Literary Festival. Name acknowledged in event program and website.