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Marginalia: Kao Kalia Yang


A conversation about Hmong traditions, the Secret War, voice, and The Latehomecomer, with Kao Kalia Yang.

Big Read Wichita begins officially on Sunday, October 1. This will be the 10th year for the Wichita Public Library to organize events and encourage Wichitans to all read the same book during a six-week time period, from October 1 to November 15. This year's book is The Latehomecomer: A Hmong Family Memoir by Kao Kalia Yang, and it’s actually the first non-fiction book selected for Big Read Wichita.

Groups across Wichita have planned many events and community discussions, and a list of those events have been compiled at bigreadwichita.org. One such event includes a presentation, Question & Answer session, and a book signing by the author, Kao Kalia Yang. She will be at Newman University's De Mattias Performance Hall from 7-9 p.m. on Thursday, October 12 in an event that is free and open to the public.

In anticipation of her visit, and to prepare a bit for discussions I’m anticipating having on the bus or at the coffee shop, I spoke with Kao Kalia Yang about The Latehomecomer and her forthcoming visit to Wichita.

Here’s our conversation:

And if you listened to the commentary on-air, this is what you heard:



The Latehomecomer: A Hmong Family Memoir by Kao Kalia Yang was published by Coffee House Press.

Marginalia was produced at KMUW Wichita.

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