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Kao Kalia Yang for "A Map into the World"

  • East Side Freedom Library 1105 Greenbrier Street Saint Paul, MN, 55106 United States (map)

Join SubText Books and East Side Freedom Library on Tuesday, October 1st at 7:00 PM to celebrate the launch of Kao Kalia Yang’s debut children’s book, “A Map into the World.” This event will take place at East Side Freedom Library. Free and open to the public!

“Filled with wonder and sorrow and happiness.” —Alison McGhee, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Someday

A heartfelt story of a young girl seeking beauty and connection in a busy world. As the seasons change, so too does a young Hmong girl’s world. She moves into a new home with her family and encounters both birth and death. As this curious girl explores life inside her house and beyond, she collects bits of the natural world. But who are her treasures for? A moving picture book debut from acclaimed Hmong American author Kao Kalia Yang.

KAO KALIA YANG is a Hmong-American writer. 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, and a finalist for the PEN USA Award in Creative Nonfiction and the Asian Literary Award in Nonfiction. Her second book, “The Song Poet” (Metropolitan Books, 2016) 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. In the fall of 2019, Yang will debut her first children's book, ‘A Map into the World’ (Carolrhoda Books), a creative nonfiction book about refugees in America, ‘Somewhere in the Unknown World’ (Metropolitan Books), and a co-edited anthology with writer Shannon Gibney, “What God Is Honored Here?: An Anthology on Miscarriage and Infant Loss By and For Women of Color” (University of MN Press).

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