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Noted Hmong American author to discuss book Oct. 22 on campus

RELEASED: Oct. 8, 2009

Kao Kalia Yang
Kao Kalia Yang
UW-Eau Claire faculty among book festival featured authors:

UW-Eau Claire's Jon Loomis, assistant professor of English, and John Hildebrand, professor emeritus of English, also will be among the authors presenting readings and discussions during the 10th Annual Chippewa Valley Book Festival Oct. 22-25. See the book festival Web site for more information.

EAU CLAIRE — Noted Hmong American author Kao Kalia Yang will read from her book, "The Latehomecomer: A Hmong Family Memoir," at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 22 in Schofield Auditorium at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.

Yang will be the featured author in the English department's Common Book Program.

As a featured author in the Chippewa Valley Book Festival, Yang also will give a talk called "Finding the Language for Memories" at 10:30 a.m. Oct. 24 at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation in downtown Eau Claire.

Yang's memoir, which describes her family's journey from war-torn Laos to the refugee camps in Thailand to the United States, has received critical acclaim since its publication in 2008. Publisher's Weekly hailed it as, "Moving, unforgettable." Entertainment Weekly described it as "A narrative packed with the stuff of life," and the Library Journal calls her "a natural storyteller."

This year, the book won Minnesota Book Awards for memoir/creative nonfiction as well as the Reader's Choice Award — making it the first book to win two awards.

Yang's Eau Claire events are co-sponsored by the UW-Eau Claire English department's Common Book Project and the Chippewa Valley Book Festival.

For more information about Yang, visit her Web site. For information about the Chippewa Valley Book Festival, visit their Web site.

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