The Genius Behind “The Genius Under the Table” – A Cold War Boyhood in the USSR

The Genius Behind “The Genius Under the Table” – A Cold War Boyhood in the USSR

Tuesday, March 22nd, 2:00pm CDT

Join us for a conversation with Eugene Yelchin, author of The Genius Under the Table: Growing Up Behind the Iron Curtain.

Drama, family secrets, and a KGB spy in his own kitchen! How will Yevgeny ever fulfill his parents’ dream that he become a national hero when he doesn’t even have his own room? He’s not a star athlete or a legendary ballet dancer. In the tiny apartment he shares with his Baryshnikov-obsessed mother, poetry-loving father, continually outraged grandmother, and safely talented brother, all Yevgeny has is his little pencil, the underside of a massive table, and the doodles that could change everything. With equal amounts charm and solemnity, award-winning author and artist Eugene Yelchin recounts in hilarious detail his childhood in Cold War Russia as a young boy desperate to understand his place in his family.

A Certificate of Attendance will be issued to those who attend this webinar. A recording will be posted to for those who cannot participate in the live session.

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Eugene Yelchin

Author and Illustrator

Eugene Yelchin is the co-author and illustrator of the 2018 National Book Award Finalist The Assassination of Brangwain Spurge, co-written with M. T. Anderson. A Tomie dePaola Illustrator Award winner, he also received a Newbery Honor for his novel Breaking Stalin’s Nose. Born in Leningrad, Russian-American Eugene Yelchin now lives in Topanga, California, with his family.

Tuan Nguyen, MLS – Moderator

Mackin Educational Sales Consultant
Texas Library Association Affiliation: Texas Association of School Librarians & Special Libraries Division

Tuan Nguyen received his Master’s in Library Science from the University of North Texas and is a Library Consultant for Mackin Educational Resources. He is the cofounder of the Texas Library Association’s Maverick Graphic Novel and Little Maverick Graphic Novel Reading Lists. He has written multiple educators’ guide for graphic and highly illustrated novels and has presented many professional development workshops on the importance of visual literacy and utilizing graphic novels in education.