Golden Valley Reads Announces 2017 Book Events

This year’s book selection for the second annual Golden Valley Reads program is “The Latehomecomer: A Hmong Family Memoir,” by award-winning Hmong-American writer Kao Kalia Yang. Golden Valley residents are invited attend free book-themed events in August and September.


The book is available from the Golden Valley Library and other Hennepin County Libraries as a print book, eBook, audiobook on CD or downloadable audiobook.

Golden Valley Reads is a joint venture between the City of Golden Valley and Hennepin County Library to encourage residents to read one book together.

“The Latehomecomer” is the only book to have garnered two Minnesota book awards in one year, winning Creative Nonfiction Writing and Readers’ Choice. It is a story of a refugee family and a tribute to the woman who kept them together. The author’s family arrived in the United States in 1987, and the book chronicles 20 years of their story while drawing on geopolitical history, Hmong folklore, and culture.

2017 Golden Valley Reads Events

Events take place at Hennepin County Library—Golden Valley, 830 Winnetka Ave N, unless otherwise indicated.

  • Mon, Aug 28, 6:30 pm: Audiobook Club
  • Mon, Sept 11, 6:30 pm: Book Club
  • Sat, Sept 16, 2 pm: Hmong Religion and Traditional Belief System
  • Mon, Sept 18, 6:30 pm: “The Latehomecomer” reading by Kao Kalia Yang
    Perpich Center for Arts Education, 6125 Olson Memorial Hwy, Golden Valley
  • Thur, Sept 21, 10 am: American History Discussion Club: Hmong History and the Vietnam War
  • Wed, Sept 27, 9:30 am, and Thursday, Sept 28, 6 pm: Minneapolis Institute of Arts “Inspired by books” tour (registration is open)

Events are sponsored by the Friends of the Golden Valley Library and the City of Golden Valley.

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