By Tim Kowols
This year’s Door County Reads selection has brought the practice of memoir writing to the forefront as the annual event enters its final week. On Thursday, author Kao Kalia Yang spoke to a crowded ballroom at Stone Harbor Resort in Sturgeon Bay about her own memoir and this year’s Door County Reads book The Latehomecomer: A Hmong Family Memoir. Door County Library’s Tina Kakuske says memoirs are helpful tools for both the reader and the author.
Kakuske says memoir writing is about keeping the past alive, something that happens a lot in Yang’s book, which reflects on the life of her grandmother and the teenage years of her parents. Along with book discussions and movie viewings in the program’s final week, Door County Reads and Write On! Door County will host two memoir writing workshops on February 13 in Sister Bay and February 14 in Sturgeon Bay.