The winners of the 2010 Asian/Pacific American Awards for Literature were announced on March 25, 2011. The prizes promote Asian/Pacific American culture and heritage and are awarded based on literary and artistic merit.


Picture Book Winner
Malaspina, Ann. Yasmin’s Hammer. Illustrated by Doug Chayka.  New York: Lee and Low, 2010.

Picture Book Honor
Thong, Roseanne. Fly Free! Illustrated by Eujin Kim Neilan.   Honesdale, PA: Boyds Mills Press, 2010

Children’s Literature Winner
Preus, Margi. Heart of a Samurai. New York: Amulet Books (Abrams), 2010.

Children’s Literature Honor
Perkins, Mitali. Bamboo People. Watertown, MA: Charlesbridge, 2010.

Young Adult Literature Winner
Senzai, N. H. Shooting Kabul. New York: Simon and Schuster, 2010.

Young Adult Literature Honor
Bazaldua, Barbara. A Boy of Heart Mountain. Illustrated by Willie Ito.  Camarillo, CA: Yabitoon Books, 2010.  

Adult Fiction Winner
Yamashita, Karen Tei. I Hotel.  Minneapolis, MN: Coffee House Press, 2010.

Adult Fiction Honor
Truong, Monique.  Bitter in the Mouth.  New York: Random House, 2010

Adult Non-Fiction Winner
Lee, Erika and Judy Yung. Angel Island: Immigration Gateway to America. New York: Oxford University Press, 2010.

Adult Non-Fiction Honor Book
Huang, Yunte. Charlie Chan: The Untold Story of the Honorable Detective and His Rendezvous with American History. New York: W. W. Norton, 2010.

Adult Non-Fiction Honor Book
Vaswani, Neela. You Have Given Me a Country.  Louisville, KY: Sarabande Books. 2010.


The chair would like to thank the committee members for their diligent in reading all the submitted titles. Winners will each receive an award plaque at the APALA Award Ceremony on Sunday, June 26, 2011 during the ALA Annual Conference in New Orleans, LA.

Publishers interested in submitting books for the 2011 awards should contact Dora Ho, Jury Chair, at

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