Author and artist to receive Lynd Ward Graphic Novel Prize

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — “This One Summer” author Mariko Tamaki will accept the 2015 Lynd Ward Graphic Novel Prize, also on behalf of her cousin, artist Jillian Tamaki, during a public presentation at 4 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 22, in Foster Auditorium, 102 Paterno Library. This award-winning coming-of-age story won a Caldecott Honor for exceptional picture book art and a Printz Honor for outstanding young adult literature earlier this year. A book sale and signing will follow the presentation.

The Lynd Ward Graphic Novel Prize, sponsored by the University Libraries and administered by the Pennsylvania Center for the Book, an affiliate of the Center for the Book at the Library of Congress, is presented annually to the best graphic novel, fiction or nonfiction, published in the previous calendar year by a living U.S. or Canadian citizen or resident. The winners will share a cash prize of $2,500, and will each receive a two-volume set of Ward’s six novels published by The Library of America and a framed commemorative.

For more information about the selection criteria and how to submit books for consideration for the 2016 Lynd Ward Graphic Novel Prize, contact Ellysa Cahoy at or 814-865-9696 or visit the Pennsylvania Center for the Book website:

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Last Updated November 17, 2015