The details of author Kelly Yang’s life sound like they’ve been lifted from a great novel. Having immigrated to the U.S. from China as a child, she helped her parents manage motels in Southern California before enrolling in law school when she was only 17. Yang eventually became a writing teacher for children and did, in fact, mine events from her own adolescence in her debut children’s book Front Desk, which won numerous critics’ and publishers’ awards and inspired a sequel called Three Keys, released just this week. It’s actually the second book Yang has put out in 2020, the other being the young adult novel Parachutes, about Asian teenagers who are sent alone to America for studies. Yang will read from her newest work on YouTube Live this Wednesday, courtesy of Washington State University’s ongoing Visiting Writers series.
Wed, Sept. 23 at 7 pm • Free • english.wsu.edu/visting-writers
— Nathan Weinbender