The Rock in My Throat: Storytelling and Book Events

Author Kao Kalia Yang and local illustrator Jiemei Lin will be visiting for a series of events featuring their new children’s book The Rock in My Throat.

“At first, no one noticed when I stopped talking at school.”

In this moving true story, Kao Kalia Yang shares her experiences as a young Hmong refugee navigating life at home and at school. Having seen the poor treatment her parents received when making their best efforts at speaking English, she no longer speaks at school. Kalia feels as though a rock has become lodged in her throat, and it grows heavier each day. Although the narrative is somber, it is also infused with moments of beauty, love, and hope.

 

About the Author

Kao Kalia Yang is a Hmong American teacher, speaker, and writer. Her work crosses audiences and genres. She is the award-winning author of the memoirs, The Latehomecomer, The Song Poet, Somewhere in the Unknown World, and Where Rivers Part. Yang co-edited the groundbreaking book, What God is Honored Here?: Writings on Miscarriage and Infant Loss By and For Native Women and Women of Color. Yang is a librettist for the The Song Poet Opera (commissioned by the MN Opera). Her children’s books, A Map Into the World, The Most Beautiful Thing, The Shared Room, Yang Warriors, From the Tops of the Trees, and The Rock in My Throat center around Hmong children who live in our world, who dream and hurt and hope in it. 

 

About the Illustrator

Jiemei Lin is an artist born in Hangzhou, China, currently living and working in the Inland Northwest, Washington State. Lin works with both digital media and traditional media to create paintings, murals, and illustrations. Her works frequently take on themes of individual and cultural identity with a particular emphasis on design and color. Lin’s mission as Illustrator is to represent and communicate with all audiences from underrepresented groups in her own visual language. 

EVENTS

Storytelling Workshop

Saturday, May 18, 2024

10:30-12:00pm

Spark Central | 1214 W Summit Pkwy, Spokane, WA 99201

RSVP Required: bit.ly/RockAtSpark

An all ages Storytelling workshop event, co-facilitated by author Kao Kalia Yang and illustrator Jiemei Lin. 

Stories created by participants will be printed into mini zine/booklets.

Wishing Tree Books will be selling The Rock in My Throat books at 10% discount (or optional donation to ACL Spokane) during the event!

An Evening with Kao Kalia Yang and Jiemei Lin

Saturday, May 18, 2024

6:00-7:30pm

Spokane Public Library – Central, 3rd Floor | 906 W Main Ave, Spokane, WA 99201

Book reading and Q&A with author Kao Kalia Yang and illustrator Jiemei Lin. 

Nkauj Hmoob Spokane Hmong Dance group will also be performing to welcome our guests.

The Rock in My Throat books will be sold at 10% discount (or optional donation to ACL Spokane) during the event from Auntie’s Bookstore. Signing of books will start at the end of the program at 7:00pm

Storytime with Kao Kalia Yang and Jiemei Lin

Sunday, May 19, 2024

10:30-11:30am

Wishing Tree Books | 1410 E 11th Ave, Spokane, WA 99202

Bring your families for a storytime  with author Kao Kalia Yang and illustrator Jiemei Lin. 

The Rock in My Throat books will be sold at 10% discount (or optional donation to ACL Spokane).

Book Reading and Signing

Sunday, May 19, 2024

4:00-5:00pm

Auntie’s Bookstore | 402 W Main Ave, Spokane, WA 99201

Catch our last stop for your final chance to meet and greet author Kao Kalia Yang and illustrator Jiemei Lin. 

The Rock in My Throat books will be sold at 10% discount (or optional donation to ACL Spokane).

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