Spokane Public Library Presents: "The Rock In My Throat"

Saturday, May 18, 2024 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm

This is a Spokane Public Library event.

Saturday, May 18th at 6pm at Central Library
(906 W Main Ave) 


About the event

Join us for an evening of stories with author Kao Kalia Yang and illustrator Jiemei Lin as they share about their new children's book, The Rock in My Throat.

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. Book signing opportunity will start at 7pm.

This event is free.

About the book

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 writer and author of the picture books A Map into the World, The Shared Room, The Most Beautiful Thing, and the APALA-winning From the Tops of the Trees. Her books for adults include The Latehomecomer: A Hmong Family Memoir, The Song Poet, and Somewhere in the Unknown World. Much of Yang's work is inspired by the people in her life, individuals who have gifted her with the strength of their stories. She lives in Minnesota with her husband, daughter, and twin sons. Visit her online at www.kaokaliayang.com

About the illustrator

Jiemei Lin is a Chinese American artist who works with both traditional and digital media to create paintings, murals, and illustrations. her work frequently addresses themes of individual and cultural identity, and she uses her visual language to tell stories that navigate cultural trauma and social justice. Lin lives in eastern Washington State with her family. See more of her art at www.jiemeilin.com


A note from the library

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We strive to make events welcoming for people of all abilities. To request accommodations (i.e. hearing assistance, ASL requests, or other ADA inquiries), call the library at 509-444-5340. 


**For inquiries please reach out to the Spokane Public Library system as Auntie's is simply the bookseller for this event.**
(509) 444-5300


Event address: 
Central Public Library
906 W Main Ave
Spokane, WA 99201
The Rock in My Throat By Kao Kalia Yang, Jiemei Lin (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Kao Kalia Yang, Jiemei Lin (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781728445687
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Carolrhoda Books (R) - March 5th, 2024

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