Capstone Event: An Evening with Kao Kalia Yang
City of Saratoga Springs
Tickets are required. Tickets may be picked up at the Information Desk of the Saratoga Springs Public Library (49 Henry Street, Saratoga Springs) during normal business hours.
Limit of 4 tickets per person.
Join Kao Kalia Yang, a Hmong-American author, filmmaker, public speaker, and natural storyteller, as she navigates her family’s story—and the story of the Hmong people—from imprisonment, their harrowing escape, a refugee camp, and their immigration to Minnesota when Yang was only six years old.
Kao Kalia Yang is a Hmong-American author, filmmaker, public speaker, and natural storyteller. Driven to tell her family’s story—and the story of the Hmong people—Yang wrote The Latehomecomer: A Hmong Family Memoir 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. That book went on to be the winner of the 2009 Minnesota Book Awards in Creative Nonfiction/Memoir and Readers’ Choice, and a finalist for the PEN USA Award in Creative Nonfiction and the Asian Literary Award in Nonfiction. Her second book, The Song Poet: A Memoir of My Father won the 2016 Minnesota Book Award in Creative Nonfiction Memoir. It was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, the Chautauqua Prize, a PEN USA Award in Nonfiction and the Dayton’s Literary Peace Prize.