1:00 - 1:45
“Check in'' to an exciting, interactive talk by children’s and young adult book author, Kelly Yang. She speaks on the power of voice, her writing process and how her experience managing a motel as a young immigrant informed her bestselling, middle-grade children’s book, Front Desk. For kids 10 and older.
About Front Desk: Inside Out and Back Again meets Millicent Min, Girl Genius in Front Desk a timely, hopeful middle-grade novel with a contemporary Chinese twist. Written by Kelly Yang, this novel takes inspiration from Kelly’s life story, as her family immigrated to the United States from China when she was a young girl and managed a motel in California.
Kelly Yang’s family immigrated to the United States from China when she was a young girl, and she grew up in California, in circumstances very similar to those of Mia Tang. She eventually left the motels and went to college at the age of 13, and is a graduate of UC Berkeley and Harvard Law School. Upon graduation, she gave up law to pursue her dream of writing and teaching kids writing. She is the founder of The Kelly Yang Project, a leading writing and debating program for children in Asia and the United States. She is also a columnist for the South China Morning Post and has been published in the New York Times, Washington Post and The Atlantic. Kelly is the mother of three children and splits her time between Hong Kong and San Francisco. Please find her online at www.kellyyang.com and follow her on Twitter @kellyyanghk.