Kao Kalia Yang, the author of this year’s Big Read Wichita selection, will visit Wichita on Thursday for a presentation and book signing.
Yang will speak and sign books from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday at De Mattias Performance Hall at Newman University, 3100 McCormick Street. The event is free.
Yang is the author of the award-winning book, “The Latehomecomer: A Hmong Family Memoir.”
She wrote the book as a “love letter” to her late grandmother, whose spirit held her family together through a harrowing escape across the Mekong River and into a refugee camp in Thailand, where Yang was born. The family immigrated to St. Paul, Minn., when Yang was 6.
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“The Latehomecomer” is the first nonfiction title selected for Wichita’s Big Read, which is in its 10th year. Newman University selected the book as its common read for incoming freshmen.