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]


  • Adult Fiction
    • Winner: Don Lee, The Collective.
    • Honorable Mention: Krys Lee, Drifting House.
  • Adult Non-Fiction
    • Winner: Rick Baldoz, Third Asiatic Invasion: Empire and Migration in Filipino America, 1898-1946.
    • Honorable Mention: Martin B. Gold, Forbidden Citizens.
  • Young Adult Literature
  • Children's Literature
  • Picture Book
Books published between 2001 and 2003.
Awards presented in 2001[3]

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  1. ^ a b APALA History, accessed 2 January 2011.
  2. ^ Awards Guidelines, accessed 2 January 2011.
  3. ^ "Librarians Arrive, Whoop It Up, Give Prizes", by David Kipen, San Francisco Chronicle June 17, 2001, accessed 8 August 2010.

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