If it’s winter in Door County, it’s time for Door County Reads. The 2018 selection is The Latehomecomer: A Hmong Family Memoir by Kao Kalia Yang. Yang is a Hmong-American writer and The Latehomecomer is the winner of the 2009 Minnesota Book Awards in Creative Fiction/Memoir and Reader’s Choice, and a finalist for the PEN USA award in Creative Nonfiction and the Asian Literary Award in Non-fiction. The Latehomecomer is a National Endowment for the Arts Big Read selection. Yang is also a teacher and public speaker. Yang will be the speaker at the keynote address Feb. 8, 7 pm at Stone Harbor Resort in Sturgeon Bay.
Driven to tell her family’s story—and the story of the Hmong people—Yang wrote The Latehomecomer as a “love letter” to her grandmother whose spirit held her family together through their imprisonment in Laos, their harrowing escape across the Mekong River and into a refugee camp in Thailand, their immigration to Minnesota when Yang was only six years old, and their transition to a hard life in America.
Door County Reads kicks off at the Door Community Auditorium in Fish Creek on Jan. 28, 2018 and continues with multiple events through Feb. 16, 2018. For more information visit doorcountyreads.org.