Golden Valley Reads has selected “The Latehomecomer” by Kao Kalia Yang as the 2017 community read. Residents are invited to read the book, attend free events, and meet new friends and neighbors during the program, July-September.
Winner of the 2009 Minnesota Book Award for Memoir & Creative Nonfiction, “The Latehomecomer” explores the story of the Hmong people and the Hmong refugee experience in Minnesota. Author Kao Kalia Yang’s family arrived in the United States in 1987, and the book chronicles 20 years of her family’s story while drawing on geopolitical history, Hmong folklore and culture.
In its second year, Golden Valley Reads is a joint venture between the City of Golden Valley and Golden Valley Library, seeking to encourage Golden Valley residents to read one book together each year.
“The Latehomecomer” is available from the library as a print book, eBook, audiobook on CD or downloadable audiobook.
All Golden Valley Reads events are free and open to the public. Events take place at Golden Valley Library, 830 Winnetka Ave. N., unless otherwise indicated.
Monday, August. 28, 6:30 p.m.: Audiobook Club
Discussing “The Latehomecomer” by Kao Kalia Yang; read by Kao Kalia Yang.
Monday, September 11, 6:30 p.m.: Book Club
Discussing “The Latehomecomer” by Kao Kalia Yang.
Saturday, September 16, 2 p.m.: Golden Valley Reads: Hmong Religion and Traditional Belief System
Learn about Hmong culture focusing on Hmong traditional religion and the usage of Shamans. In addition, learn about cultural etiquette for working with Hmong. Presented by the Hmong Cultural Center.
Monday, September 18, 6:30 p.m.: Golden Valley Reads: Kao Kalia Yang
This event takes place at the Perpich Center for Arts Education, 6125 Olson Memorial Highway, Golden Valley. Hear author Kao Kalia Yang read from her first book and respond to audience questions. Books will be available for purchase and signing.
Thursday, September 21, 10 a.m.: American History Discussion Club: Hmong History and the Vietnam War
Read, watch or listen to something about this topic in American history, then come share and discuss what you learned. Need help finding resources about the time period? Ask your local librarian
Wednesday, September 27, 9:30 a.m., and Thursday, September 28, 6 p.m.: Golden Valley Reads: Minneapolis Institute of Art Tour
Registration begins Aug. 4. Join us for a short bus trip to the Minneapolis Institute of Art for an "Inspired By Books" tour. A museum guide will facilitate discussion of works of art related to “The Latehomecomer” by Kao Kalia Yang.
Events are sponsored by the Friends of the Golden Valley Library and the City of Golden Valley.