APALA is proud to sponsor the South Asian American Digital Archive‘s (SAADA) ”Portrait of Dalip Singh Saund“ in honor of APALA founder and first president Dr. Sharad Karkhanis, who passed away last March. (Dalip Singh Saund was the first Asian American/Indian American elected to Congress, in addition to being its first member of a non-Abrahamic faith.)
For more information on sponsoring an item from SAADA, please see http://www.saadigitalarchive.org/sponsor.
Oh look! The School Library Journal recently did a write-up on the history and goals of Talk Story, the joint cultural identity and family literacy program of the Asian Pacific American Librarians Association (APALA) and the American Indian Library Association (AILA).
Congratulations to all the winners and honorees of the 2014 Asian/Pacific American Award For Literature announced this past weekend in the ALA MidWinter 2014 Cognotes!
Complete list of award winners: 2013-2014 Awards
Download: ALA MidWinter 2014 Cognotes, Saturday, January 25, 2014 [PDF, 5.2MB] (announcement on page 10)
Exciting news: acclaimed author and APALA member Janet Wong is generously donating 30 copies of her latest book, “This Next New Year” (Chinese bilingual edition), which will be made available to attendees of APALA’s MidWinter Social Dinner on January 25th!
APALA and CALA members Minjie Chen, Kai Li, and Paul Lai worked on the Chinese translation when Janet asked for volunteers last year and now you can see the fruits of our colleagues’ work! (For a description of the book, see its Amazon listing for more details.)
Not only will you hear from up-and-coming authors Ellen Oh and Soman Chainani and have the opportunity to pick up signed copies of their books, but you could also receive a free copy of Janet Wong’s new book just in time for the Lunar New Year! They won’t be available anywhere else at ALA and supplies are limited, so hurry and register to secure your copy!
Reminder: Early bird registration ends today, Friday, January 17th.
Dear APALA Members and Friends!
Early bird registration for APALA’s MidWinter tour and social dinner ends on Friday, January 17th! It’s not too late to still take advantage of the reduced rate!
On Friday, January 24th, we’ll be visiting the Asian Arts Initiative, where we’ll hear about SAADA from Samip Mallick and Philadelphia’s Asian American community (in particular, their Chinatown) from Amanda Bergson-Shilcock of the Welcoming Center for New Pennsylvanians and Mary Yee of Asian Americans United. We will be serving lunch catered from Philadelphia Chutney Company. Learn more at http://www.apalaweb.org/apala-
On Saturday, January 25th, we’ll be hosting authors Ellen Oh (The Prophecy Series, originally The Dragon King Chronicles), Soman Chainani (New York Times bestseller The School of Good and Evil) and publisher Phoebe Yeh of Crown Books for Young Readers. (Phoebe is allegedly the first Asian American woman in publishing to have her own imprint.) We’ll be meeting at Karma Restaurant & Bar at 5:30 for dinner with our guests. Learn more at http://www.apalaweb.org/meet-
Please register at http://www.apalaweb.org/