If you plan to attend ALA Annual 2016 in Orlando, FL, please join us in celebrating the best in Asian/Pacific American Literature at the 2016 APALA Literature Awards Banquet!

APALA Literature Awards Banquet
Date: Saturday, June 25, 2016
Time: 6:30 – 9:30 pm
Location: Chutney’s Indian Restaurant
Registration: APALA website

The annual celebratory awards program includes a dinner buffet, literature awards presentation, and will feature several of our award winning authors. Following the formal presentation and dinner, the authors will be available for book signing. The event will be held at the Chutneys Indian Restaurant. Purchase your tickets online via the APALA website.


This year’s winners are:

Adult Fiction
Winner: Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen (Grove Press)

Honor: Don’t Let him Know by Sandip Roy (Bloombury USA)

Adult Non-Fiction
Winner: The Making of Asian America: a History by Erika Lee (Simon and Schuster)

Honor: From Canton Restaurant to Panda Express: A History of Chinese Food in the United States

Honor: The Good Immigrant: How the Yellow Peril Became the Model Minority by Madeline Y. Hsu (Princeton University Press)

Young Adult
Winner: P.S. I Still Love You by Jenny Han (Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers)

Honor: Ink and Ashes by Valynne E. Maetani (Tu Books, imprint of Lee & Low Books)

Winner: Full Cicada Moon by Marilyn Hilton (Dial Books/Penguin Random House)

Honor: Blackbird Fly by Erin Entrada Kelly (Green Willow Books/Harper Collins)

Picture Book
Winner: Juna’s Jar by Jane Bahk, illustrated by Felicia Hoshino (Lee & Low Books)

Honor: Drum Dream Girl: How One Girl’s Courage Changed Music by Margarita Engle, illustrated by Rafael Lopez (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Books for Young Readers)


Restaurant Information
Chutneys Indian Restaurant specializes in South and North Indian, delicious vegetarian and non vegetarian dishes. All you can eat buffet includes: Tandoori Chicken, Medhu Vada, Chili Chicken, Dal Tadka, Palak Paneer, Mixed Vegetable, Koorma Chicken, Tikka Masala, Goan Fish Curry, Goat Biryani, Ras Malai, Gulab Jamoon, Roti/Naan Bread, Vegetable Salad, Mango Ice Cream, and Coke/Diet Coke/Sprite.

Event Fees
Advanced Registration
Members: $35
Non-members: $40

After June 3, 2016
Members: $40
Non-members: $45

On Site: $50

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