Asian/Pacific American Awards for Literature

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The Asian/Pacific American Awards for Literature (APAAL) are a set of literary awards presented annually by the Asian/Pacific American Librarians Association (APALA). The APALA was formed in 1980 "to create an organization that would address the needs of Asian/Pacific American librarians and those who serve Asian/Pacific American communities."[1] The Association was the successor to the Asian American Librarians Caucus (AALC), a discussion group within the American Library Association (ALA) Office for Library Outreach Services that focused on providing library service to minority communities and on supporting minority librarians. The APALA incorporated in 1981 (in Illinois) and became part of the ALA in 1982.[1]

The awards honor books about Asian/Pacific Americans, their history and culture. Categories have included fiction and non-fiction for adults, picture/illustrated books, and children's/young-adult literature. Writers and artists do not need to be of Asian or Pacific Islander ancestry, but they must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents, the books must be about Asian/Pacific American heritage, and must have been written in English and published for general release within the States.[2]


Asian/Pacific American Awards for Literature
Years Category Title Author Citation Reference
2018-2019 Adult Fiction The End of Peril, The End of Enmity, The End of Strife, A Haven Thirii Myo Kyaw Myint Winner [3]
2018-2019 Adult Fiction Though I Get Home YZ Chin Honor [3]
2018-2019 Adult Non-Fiction Not Quite Not White: Losing and Finding Race in America Sharmila Sen Winner [3]
2018-2019 Adult Non-Fiction Litany for the Long Moment Mary-Kim Arnold Honor [3]
2018-2019 Young Adult Literature Darius the Great is Not Okay Adib Khorram Winner [3]
2018-2019 Young Adult Literature The Astonishing Color of After Emily X.R. Pan Honor [3]
2018-2019 Children's Literature Front Desk Kelly Yang Winner [3]
2018-2019 Children's Literature The House that Lou Built Mae Respicio Honor [3]
2018-2019 Picture Book Drawn Together Minh Lê, illustrated by Dan Santat Winner [3]
2018-2019 Picture Book Grandmother’s Visit Betty Quan, illustrated by Carmen Mok Honor [3]
2017-2018 Adult Fiction The Leavers Lisa Ko Winner [4]
2017-2018 Adult Fiction The Refugees Viet Thanh Nguyen Honor [4]
2017-2018 Adult Non-Fiction Asianfail: Narratives of Disenchantment and the Model Minority Eleanor Ty Winner [4]
2017-2018 Adult Non-Fiction The Long Afterlife of Nikkei Wartime Incarceration Karen M. Inouye Honor [4]
2017-2018 Young Adult Literature It’s Not Like It’s A Secret Misa Sugiura Winner [4]
2017-2018 Young Adult Literature Saints & Misfits S.K. Ali Honor [4]
2017-2018 Children's Literature Step Up to the Plate, Maria Singh Uma Krishnaswami Winner [4]
2017-2018 Children's Literature Cilla Lee-Jenkins: Future Author Extraordinaire Susan Tan, illustrated by Dana Wulfekotte Honor [4]
2017-2018 Picture Book A Different Pond Bao Phi, illustrated by Thi Bui Winner [4]
2017-2018 Picture Book The Nian Monster Andrea Wang, illustrated by Alina Chau Honor [4]
2016-2017 Adult Fiction Deceit and Other Possibilities Vanessa Hua Winner [5]
2016-2017 Adult Fiction The Fortunes Peter Ho Davies Honor [5]
2016-2017 Adult Non-Fiction Picture Bride: Stories Barbara Kawakami Winner [5]
2016-2017 Adult Non-Fiction Changing Season: A Father, A Daughter, A Family Farm Mas Masumoto and Nikiko Masumoto Honor [5]
2016-2017 Young Adult Literature Outrun the Moon Stacey Lee Winner [5]
2016-2017 Young Adult Literature Watched Marina Budhos Honor [5]
2016-2017 Children's Literature The Land of Forgotten Girls Erin Entrada Kelly Winner [5]
2016-2017 Children's Literature Momotaro Xander and the Lost Island of Monsters Margaret Dilloway Honor [5]
2016-2017 Picture Book Puddle Hyewon Yum Winner [5]
2015-2016 Adult Fiction The Sympathizer Viet Thanh Nguyen Winner [6]
2015-2016 Adult Fiction Don’t Let Him Know Sandip Roy Honor [6]
2015-2016 Adult Non-Fiction The Making of Asian America: a History Erika Lee Winner [6]
2015-2016 Adult Non-Fiction From Canton Restaurant to Panda Express: A History of Chinese Food in the United States Haiming Liu Honor [6]
2015-2016 Adult Non-Fiction The Good Immigrant: How the Yellow Peril Became the Model Minority Madeline Y. Hsu Honor [6]
2015-2016 Young Adult Literature P.S. I Still Love You Jenny Han Winner [6]
2015-2016 Young Adult Literature Ink and Ashes Valynne E. Maetani Honor [6]
2015-2016 Children's Literature Full Cicada Moon Marilyn Hilton Winner [6]
2015-2016 Children's Literature Blackbird Fly Erin Entrada Kelly Honor [6]
2015-2016 Picture Book Juna’s Jar Jane Bahk Winner [6]
2015-2016 Picture Book Drum Dream Girl: How One Girl’s Courage Changed Music Margarita Engle, illustrated by Rafael Lopez Honor [6]
2014-2015 Adult Fiction Everything I Never Told You Celeste Ng Winner [7]
2014-2015 Adult Fiction The Sleepwalker’s Guide to Dancing Mira Jacob Honor [7]
2014-2015 Adult Non-Fiction Dubious Gastronomy: The Cultural Politics of Eating Asian in the USA Robert Ji-Song Ku Winner [7]
2014-2015 Adult Non-Fiction Big Little Man: In Search of My Asian Self written Alex Tizon Honor [7]
2014-2015 Young Adult Literature Tiger Girl May-lee Chai Winner [7]
2014-2015 Young Adult Literature Shadow Hero Gene Luen Yang, illustrated by Sonny Liew Honor [7]
2014-2015 Children's Literature Gaijin: American Prisoner of War Matt Faulkner Winner [7]
2014-2015 Children's Literature Ting Ting Kristie Hammond Honor [7]
2014-2015 Picture Book Hana Hashimoto, Sixth Violin Chieri Uegaki and Qin Leng Winner [7]
2014-2015 Picture Book Father’s Chinese Opera Rich Lo Honor [7]
2013-2014 Adult Fiction A Tale for the Time Being Ruth Ozeki Winner [8]
2013-2014 Adult Fiction The Gods of Heavenly Punishment Jennifer Cody Epstein Honor [8]
2013-2014 Adult Non-Fiction Citizens of Asian America: Democracy and Race during the Cold War Cindy I-Fen Cheng Winner [8]
2013-2014 Adult Non-Fiction Garden of the World: Asian Immigrants and the Making of Agriculture in California's Santa Clara Valley Cecilia M. Tsu Honor [8]
2013-2014 Young Adult Literature Jet Black and the Ninja Wind Leza Lowitz and Shogo Oketani Winner [8]
2013-2014 Young Adult Literature Gadget Girl: The Art of Being Invisible Suzanne Kamata Honor [8]
2013-2014 Children's Literature The Thing About Luck Cynthia Kadohata, illustrated by Julia Kuo Winner [8]
2013-2014 Children's Literature The Vine Basket Josanne La Valley Honor [8]
2013-2014 Picture Book Red Kite, Blue Kite Ji-li Jiang Winner [8]
2013-2014 Picture Book Barbed Wire Baseball Marissa Moss, illustrated by Yuko Shimizu Honor [8]
2012-2013 Adult Fiction The Collective Don Lee Winner [9]
2012-2013 Adult Fiction Drifting House Krys Lee Honor [9]
2012-2013 Adult Non-Fiction Third Asiatic Invasion: Empire and Migration in Filipino America, 1898-1946 Rick Baldoz Winner [9]
2012-2013 Adult Non-Fiction Forbidden Citizens Martin B. Gold Honor [9]
2012-2013 Young Adult Literature Tina's Mouth: An Existential Comic Diary Keshni Kashyap Winner [9]
2012-2013 Young Adult Literature Ichiro Ryan Inzana Honor [9]
2012-2013 Children's Literature Chengli and the Silk Road Caravan Hildi Kang Winner [9]
2012-2013 Children's Literature Shark King R. Kikuo Johnson Honor [9]
2012-2013 Picture Book Good Fortune in a Wrapping Cloth Joan Schoettler, illustrated by Jessica Lanan Winner [9]
2012-2013 Picture Book A Path of Stars Anne O'Brien Sibley Honor [9]
2011-2012 Adult Fiction The Submission Amy Waldman Winner [10]
2011-2012 Adult Fiction Leche R. Zamora Linmark Honor [10]
2011-2012 Adult Non-Fiction The Woman Who Could Not Forget: Iris Chang Before and Beyond The Rape of Nanking Ying-Ying Chang Winner [10]
2011-2012 Adult Non-Fiction The Bangladeshi Diaspora in the United States after 9/11: From Obscurity to High Visibility Shafiqur Rahman Honor [10]
2011-2012 Young Adult Literature Orchards Holly Thompson Winner [10]
2011-2012 Young Adult Literature Level Up Gene Luen Yang Honor [10]
2011-2012 Children's Literature The Great Wall of Lucy Wu Wendy Wan-Long Shang Winner [10]
2011-2012 Children's Literature Vanished Sheela Chari Honor [10]
2011-2012 Picture Book The House Baba Built: An Artist's Childhood in China Ed Young Winner [10]
2011-2012 Picture Book Hot Hot Roti for Kaka-ji F. Zia, illustrated by Ken Min Honor [10]
2010-2011 Adult Fiction I Hotel Karen Tei Yamashita Winner [11]
2010-2011 Adult Fiction Bitter in the Mouth Monique Truong Honor [11]
2010-2011 Adult Non-Fiction Angel Island: Immigration Gateway to America Erika Lee and Judy Yung Winner [11]
2010-2011 Adult Non-Fiction Charlie Chan: The Untold Story of the Honorable Detective and His Rendezvous with American History Yunte Huang Honor [11]
2010-2011 Adult Non-Fiction You Have Given Me a Country Neela Vaswani Honor [11]
2010-2011 Young Adult Literature Shooting Kabul N. H. Senzai Winner [11]
2010-2011 Young Adult Literature A Boy of Heart Mountain Barbara Bazaldua Honor [11]
2010-2011 Children's Literature Heart of a Samurai Margi Preus Winner [11]
2010-2011 Children's Literature Bamboo People Mitali Perkins Honor [11]
2010-2011 Picture Book Yasmin's Hammer Ann Malaspina, illustrated by Doug Chayka Winner [11]
2010-2011 Picture Book Fly Free Roseanne Thong, illustrated by Eujin Kim Neilan Honor [11]
2009–2010 Adult Fiction Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet Jamie Ford Winner [12]
2009–2010 Adult Fiction Shanghai Girls Lisa See Honor [12]
2009–2010 Adult Non-Fiction American Chinatown: A People's History of Five Neighborhoods Bonnie Tsui Winner [12]
2009–2010 Adult Non-Fiction Japanese American Resettlement: Through the Lens Lane Ryo Hirabayashi Honor [12]
2009–2010 Picture Book Cora Cooks Pancit Dorina K. Lazo Gilmore, illustrated by Kristi Valiant Winner [12]
2009–2010 Picture Book Tan to Tamarind Malathi Michelle Iyengar, illustrated by Jamel Akib Honor [12]
2009–2010 Youth Literature Everything Asian Sung Woo Winner [12]
2009–2010 Youth Literature Tofu Quilt Ching Yeung Russell Honor [12]
2008–2009 Adult Fiction Unaccustomed Earth Jhumpa Lahiri Winner [13]
2008–2009 Adult Fiction Steer Toward Rock Fae Myenne Ng Honor [13]
2008–2009 Adult Non-Fiction Fortune Cookie Chronicles: Adventures in the World of Chinese Food Jennifer 8. Lee Winner [13]
2008–2009 Adult Non-Fiction Eaves of Heaven: A Life in Three Wars Andrew X. Pham Honor [13]
2008–2009 Adult Non-Fiction The Latehomecomer: A Hmong Family Memoir Kao Kalia Yang Honor [13]
2008–2009 Picture Book Wabi Sabi Mark Reibstein, illustrated by Ed Young Winner [13]
2008–2009 Picture Book Monsoon Afternoon Kashmira Sheth, illustrated by Yoshiko Jaeggi Honor [13]
2008–2009 Youth Literature Roots and Wings Many Ly Winner [13]
2008–2009 Youth Literature 1001 Cranes Naomi Hirahara Honor [13]
2008–2009 Youth Literature Good Enough Paula Yoo Honor [13]
2007–2008 Adult Non-Fiction Driven Out: The Forgotten War Against Chinese Americans Jean Pfaelzer Winner [14]
2007–2008 Adult Non-Fiction Bento Box in The Heartland: My Japanese Girlhood in Whitebread America Linda Furiya Honor [14]
2007–2008 Picture Book Surfer of the Century Ellie Crowe, illustrated by Richard Waldrep Winner [14]
2007–2008 Picture Book Hiromi's Hands Lynne Barasch Honor [14]
2007–2008 Youth Literature Hiroshima Dreams Kelly Easton Winner [14]
2007–2008 Youth Literature Keeping Corner Kashmira Sheth Honor [14]
2006–2007 Adult Fiction Brothers Da Chen Winner [15]
2006–2007 Adult Fiction Color of the Sea John Hamamura Honor [15]
2006–2007 Picture Book The Legend of Hong Kil Dong: The Robin Hood of Korea Anne Sibley O'Brien Winner [15]
2006–2007 Picture Book Brothers Yin, illustrated by Chris Soentpiet Honor [15]
2006–2007 Youth Literature Nothing But the Truth Justina Chen Headley Winner [15]
2006–2007 Youth Literature Year of the Dog Grace Lin Honor [15]
2005–2006 Adult Fiction Aloft Chang-Rae Lee Winner [16]
2005–2006 Adult Fiction Saving Fish from Drowning Amy Tan Honor [16]
2005–2006 Adult Fiction Snow Flower and the Secret Fan Lisa See Honor [16]
2005–2006 Picture book The Firekeeper's Son Linda Sue Park, illustrated by Julie Downing Winner [16]
2005–2006 Picture book Sixteen Years in Sixteen Seconds: The Sammy Lee Story Paula Yoo, illustrated by Dom Lee Honor [16]
2005–2006 Picture book Bread Song Frederick Lipp, illustrated by Jason Gaillard Honor [16]
2005–2006 Youth Literature Kira-Kira Cynthia Kadohata Winner [16]
2005–2006 Youth Literature Shanghai Messenger Andrea Cheng Honor [16]
2005–2006 Youth Literature Project Mulberry Linda Sue Park Honor [16]
2001-2003 Adult Fiction Life of Pi Yann Martel Winner [17]
2001-2003 Picture book Apple Pie 4th of July Janet S. Wong, illustrated by Margaret Chodos-Irvine Winner [17]
2001-2003 Picture book Tanuki's Gift Tim Myer, illustrated by Robert Roth Honor [17]
2001-2003 Picture book Coolies Yin, illustrated by Chris Soentpiet Honor [17]
2001-2003 Children and Young Adult Literature A Step from Heaven An Na Winner [17]
2001-2003 Children and Young Adult Literature Born Confused Tanuja Desai Hidier Honor [17]
2001-2003 Children and Young Adult Literature Beacon Hill Boys Ken Mochizuki Honor [17]
2001-2003 Children and Young Adult Literature A Single Shard Linda Sue Park Honor [17]
2001 Adult Fiction Land of Smiles T. C. Huo Winner [18]
2001 Adult Nonfiction First They Killed My Father Loung Ung Winner [18]
2001 Children and Young Adult Literature The Trip Back Home Janet S. Wong, illustrated by Bo Jia Winner [18]

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  1. ^ a b APALA History, accessed 2 January 2011.
  2. ^ Awards Guidelines, accessed 2 January 2011.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j "2019 Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature Winners Selected". APALA. Retrieved 1 February 2019.
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h i j "2017-2018 AWARDS WINNERS". APALA. Retrieved 1 February 2019.
  5. ^ a b c d e f g h i "2016-2017 Awards Winners". APALA. Retrieved 1 February 2019.
  6. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k "2015-2016 Awards Winners". APALA. Retrieved 1 February 2019.
  7. ^ a b c d e f g h i j "2014-2015 Awards Winners". APALA. Retrieved 1 February 2019.
  8. ^ a b c d e f g h i j "2013-2014 AWARDS WINNERS". APALA. Retrieved 1 February 2019.
  9. ^ a b c d e f g h i j "2012-2013 AWARDS WINNERS". APALA. Retrieved 1 February 2019.
  10. ^ a b c d e f g h i j "2011-2012 AWARDS WINNERS". APALA. Retrieved 1 February 2019.
  11. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k "2010-2011 AWARDS WINNERS". APALA. Retrieved 1 February 2019.
  12. ^ a b c d e f g h "2009-2010 AWARDS WINNERS". APALA. Retrieved 1 February 2019.
  13. ^ a b c d e f g h i j "2008-2009 AWARDS WINNERS". APALA. Retrieved 1 February 2019.
  14. ^ a b c d e f "2007-2008 AWARDS WINNERS". APALA. Retrieved 1 February 2019.
  15. ^ a b c d e f "2006-2007 AWARDS WINNERS". APALA. Retrieved 1 February 2019.
  16. ^ a b c d e f g h i "2005-2006 AWARDS WINNERS". APALA. Retrieved 1 February 2019.
  17. ^ a b c d e f g h "2001-2003 AWARDS WINNERS". APALA. Retrieved 1 February 2019.
  18. ^ a b c Kipen, David. "Librarians arrive, whoop it up, give prizes". SF Gate. Retrieved 1 February 2019.

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