APALA Literature Awards Committee announced 2012 Asian/Pacific American Awards for Literature winners at the American Librarian Association (ALA) Midwinter Meeting, held January 20-24 in Dallas.

The press release was made in Cognotes during the Conference on Monday, January 23, 2012 and also in American Libraries.  The full press release statement can be found in the link below.


The winners in each category are:

    • Winner: “The Submission” by Amy Waldman and published by Farrar, Straus & Giroux
    • Honor: “Leche” by R. Zamora Linmark and published by Coffee House Press
    • Winner: “The Woman Who Could Not Forget: Iris Chang Before and Beyond the Rape of Nanking – a Memoir” by Ying-Ying Chang and published by Pegasus
    • Honor: “The Bangladeshi Diaspora in the United States after 9/11: From Obscurity to High Visibility” by Shafiqur Rahman and published by LFB Scholarly Publishing, LLC
    • Winner:  “The Great Wall of Lucy Wu” by Wendy Wan-Long Shang and published by Scholastic
    • Honor:  “Vanished” by Sheela Chari and published by Hyperion
    • Winner:  “Orchards” by Holly Thompson and published by Delacorte Books for Young Readers
    • Honor:  “Level Up” by Gene Luen Yang and published by First Second Books
    • Winner:  “ The House Baba Built: An Artist’s childhood in china” by Ed Young and Published by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
    • Honor:  “Hot Hot Roti for Dada-ji” by F. Zia, illustrated by Ken Min and published by Lee & Low Books

Special thanks to the APALA Literature Awards Committee, including Jury Chair Dora Ho; Adult Fiction Chair Michelle Baildon and members Suhasini L. Kumar, Karen Fernandez, Eileen Bosch and Jerry Dear; Adult Non-Fiction Chair Buenaventura “Ven” Basco and members Eugenia Beh, Samanthi Hewakapuge, Monica Shin and Yumi Ohira; Children’s Literature Chair Ngoc-Yen Tran and members Shu-Hsien Chen, Tamiye T. Meehan, Laksamee Putnam, Katrina Nye and Maria Pontillas; Young Adult Literature Chair Lana Adlawan and members Jade Alburo, Lessa Pelayo-Lozada, Karla Lucht and Candice A. Mack and Picture Book Chair Susan Hoang and members Jeannie Chen, Kate Vo-Thi Beard, Amber Painter and Danielle Date Kaprelian.

An affiliate of the American Library Association (ALA), the Asian/Pacific American Librarians Association (APALA) was founded in 1980 by librarians of diverse Asian/Pacific ancestries committed to working together toward a common goal: to create an organization that would address the needs of Asian/Pacific American librarians and those who serve Asian/Pacific American communities. For more information about APALA, visit www.apalaweb.org

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