Fox Cities Reads 2020

Photo of book cover, The Latehomecomer.


The Fox Cities Book Festival, with support from the National Endowment for the Arts Big Read, has selected:The Latehomecomer by Kao Kalia Yang for the 2020 Fox Cities Reads!

Join the conversation! Community events with the author are scheduled for the 16th and 17th of April 2020.

The Fox Cities Book Festival in partnership with the public libraries of the Fox Cities has come together with the goal of building a larger sense of community to promote literacy. Each year, we select an author and title to promote for Fox Cities Reads and encourage the people in our communities to read, think, talk, listen, and grow together.

Kao Kalia Yang

Kao Kalia Yang is a Hmong-American writer. Born in the refugee camps of Thailand to a family that escaped the genocide of the Secret War in Laos, she came to America at the age six. Yang holds degrees from Carleton College and Columbia University. She is the author of The Latehomecomer: A Hmong Family Memoir (Coffee House Press, 2008), winner of the 2009 Minnesota Book Awards in Creative Nonfiction/Memoir and Readers’ Choice, a finalist for the PEN USA Award in Creative Nonfiction and the Asian Literary Award in Nonfiction. The book is a National Endowment for the Arts Big Read title and on the roster of the American Place Theatre’s Literature to Life Program. Her second book, The Song Poet (Metropolitan Books, 2016) won the 2016 Minnesota Book Award in Creative Nonfiction Memoir, 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. The book is the first Hmong story adapted into an opera by the Minnesota Opera to premiere in the spring of 2021. This fall, Yang debuted her first children’s book, A Map Into the World (Carolrhoda Books) and a co-edited collection titled What God is Honored Here?: Writings on Miscarriage and Infant Loss By and For Indigenous Women and Women of Color (University of MN Press). In the spring of 2020, Yang’s second children’s book The Shared Room (University of MN Press) and third work of creative nonfiction, a collective memoir about refugee lives, Somewhere in the Unknown World (Metropolitan Books), will be published. Kao Kalia Yang is also a teacher and a public speaker.