Free Copies of Janet Wong’s Book for APALA MidWinter Social Dinner Attendees!

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!

Cover of "This Next New Year" by Janet Wong

“This Next New Year” by Janet Wong

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.

 

Early Bird Registration for APALA MidWinter Tour and Social Dinner Ends Soon

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-tour-and-talk/

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-ellen-oh-soman-chainani-and-phoebe-yeh-at-the-apala-social-dinner/

Please register at http://www.apalaweb.org/resources/registration/ We will have great food and company and a healthy dose of Asian American activism and solidarity. Also, please encourage people to sign up and spread the word!

APALA Tour and Talk

APALA Tour and Talk

Friday, January 24th

12:00-3:00

 

Please join us at the Asian Arts Initiative to learn more about Philadelphia’s Asian American community! We will be hearing from Samip Mallick of the South Asian American Digital Archive (SAADA), Amanda Bergson-Shilcock of the Welcoming Center for New Pennsylvanians, Mary Yee of Asian Americans United, and Gayle Isa of the Asian Arts Initiative. (Thanks to the Asian Arts Initiative and SAADA for generously hosting this event!)

 

Lunch will be served (catered by Philadelphia Chutney Company).

Please register at http://www.apalaweb.org/resources/registration/

 

Asian Arts Initiative

1219 Vine St

Philadelphia, PA 19107

http://asianartsinitiative.org/

Directions from Loews Hotel: https://goo.gl/maps/BQH4i

 

12:00 -1:00 –  Lunch and welcome from Gayle Isa

1:00 -1:30 – Talk by Samip Mallick

1:30-2:00 – Talk by Amanda Bergson-Shilcock

2:00 -2:30 – Talk by Mary Yee

2:30-3:00 – Explore AAI

 

Gayle Isa, founder and executive director, has been an active participant in Philadelphia’s arts and culture community for 20 years, beginning as an intern and evolving as a staff member at the Painted Bride Art Center. She has been a Douglas Redd Fellow focused on arts and community development, and has served on the boards of the Philadelphia Cultural Fund, the Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance, and the National Performance Network. She currently is a board member of the national Consortium of Asian American Theaters and Artists and serves on the Philadelphia Mayor’s Commission on Asian American Affairs and the Mayor’s Cultural Advisory Council. In 2011, she became the first Asian American appointed to serve on the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts. Gayle was once an aspiring taiko (drum) player and is now focusing her creative energy on learning to be a new mom!

Samip Mallick is the Co-Founder and Executive Director of the South Asian American Digital Archive (SAADA). Mallick has a M.S. in Library and Information Sciences from the University of Illinois, a Bachelors degree in Computer Science from the University of Michigan College of Engineering and has done graduate work in Ancient Indian History at Jawaharlal Nehru University in New Delhi, India. He was formerly the Director of the Ranganathan Center for Digital Information (RCDI) at the University of Chicago Library and previously also worked for the Social Science Research Council (SSRC). http://www.saadigitalarchive.org/

Amanda Bergson-Shilcock is the director of outreach and program evaluation at the nonprofit Welcoming Center for New Pennsylvanians, an economic development organization serving immigrants. She coordinates data collection and analysis, enabling the Welcoming Center to use hard evidence to support its decision making. Amanda’s experience with public libraries stretches back to 1990, when she began as a teenage page at Ludington Public Library in Bryn Mawr. More than two decades later, she continues to be employed at Ludington as a weekend reference assistant. Most recently, Amanda designed and oversaw the Welcoming Center’s pioneering study of immigrant technology usage, Digital Diaspora. http://www.welcomingcenter.org/


Mary Yee, Parent and Community Involvement Consultant. Mary has been involved in planning and advocacy for Philadelphia neighborhoods for over 35 years. While working with Asian Americans United, she became involved with the Education Law Center (ELC) in 1985, as a representative of the plaintiff’s side in an advisory group to develop policies and programs to remediate a civil rights suit (YS v. School District of Philadelphia) filed by ELC against the public school system. The suit on behalf of limited English proficient Southeast Asian refugee students alleged unequal access to educational programs and services. Her work in educational advocacy has included a 12-year stint at the School District of Philadelphia working on ESOL/Bilingual program issues, compliance and equity, language access, and family engagement. More recently, she worked at Foundations, Inc. providing technical assistance to out-of-school time programs. She is pursuing a doctoral degree at the University of Pennsylvania in Reading/Writing/Literacy.

APALA Midwinter Events [UPDATED]

APALA Midwinter Events

Reminder: Early bird registration ends today, Friday, January 17th.

Please find a list of our events and activities for the 2014 ALA Midwinter Conference. Registration for a visit to the Asian Arts Initiative on Friday and for the APALA Social Dinner on Saturday is now live at http://www.apalaweb.org/resources/registration/.

 

Friday, January 24th 

Asian Arts Initiative
1219 Vine St, Philadelphia, PA 19107
Directions from Loews Hotel: https://goo.gl/maps/BQH4i

12:00 -1:00 –  Lunch at Asian Arts Initiative, catered by Philadelphia Chutney Company
1:00 -1:30 – Talk by Samip Mallick of SAADA (South Asian American Digital Archive)
1:30-2:00 – TBA
2:00 -3:00 – Tour of Asian Arts Initiative

Register at http://www.apalaweb.org/resources/registration/

7:30 – 9:30PM – Executive Board Meeting, PCC-115 B

Saturday, January 25th

 1:00 – 2:30PM – APALA Committee Meeting, PCC-118 C

5:30 – 8:00 – APALA Social Dinner (w/ special guests Ellen Oh, Soman Chainani and Phoebe Yeh)

Karma Restaurant and Bar
114 Chestnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19106
(215) 925-1444
http://www.karmaphilly.com/

Directions by subway: https://goo.gl/maps/NAjmm
1. From the Loews Hotel (1200 Market St, Philadelphia, PA 19107), walk to 13th St Station (about 1 min , 299 ft)
2. At the 13th St Station, take the Market-Frankford Line towards Frankford Trans Ctr to 2nd St. Station 4 min (4 stops)
3. At 2nd St Station, walk to 114 Chestnut St (about 3 min , 0.1 mi)
Fares are $2.25 one way (exact change) or buy a token for $1.80 (see http://www.septa.org/fares/transit/index.html)
One day passes are also available for $8 and $12: https://shop.septa.org/index.php?target=categories&category_id=12

Meet Ellen Oh, Soman Chainani and Phoebe Yeh at the APALA Social Dinner!

We are very fortunate this year to have 3 special guests joining us for the 2014 APALA Midwinter Social Dinner! Please join us at Karma Restaurant & Bar on Saturday, January 25th at 5:30PM and hear Ellen, Soman and Phoebe discuss diversity in YA and children’s literature and their upcoming works! Click here to register for this event!

Originally from NYC, Ellen Oh is an adjunct college instructor and former entertainment lawyer with an insatiable curiosity for ancient Asian history. She also loves martial arts films, K-pop, K-dramas, cooking shows, and is a rabid fan of The Last Airbender and the Legend of Korra series. Ellen lives in Bethesda, Maryland with her husband and three daughters and has yet to satisfy her quest for a decent bagel. http://www.ellenoh.com/index1.html

Soman Chainani’s first novel, THE SCHOOL FOR GOOD AND EVIL, debuted on the New York Times Bestseller List, has been translated into languages across six continents, and will soon be a major motion picture from Universal Studios. As a writer and film director, Soman’s films have played at over 150 film festivals around the world, winning more than 30 jury and audience prizes. He has a BA in English Literature from Harvard and an MFA in Film from Columbia University. http://somanchainani.net/

Phoebe Yeh joined Random House Children’s Books in the newly created post of v-p, publisher, Crown Books for Young Readers where she is publishing new books with a focus on middle-grade fiction and narrative nonfiction. Her Fall 14 inaugural list includes books by New York Times bestselling authors Suzy Becker, Jon Meacham, and Walter Dean Myers and newcomer Lou Anders.  Prior to joining HC in 1996, Yeh was a senior editor at Scholastic Press, where she edited the Magic School Bus books and was an editor of the SeeSaw Book Club. As Editorial Director at Harper Collins she was responsible for the estate programs of Maurice Sendak, Shel Silverstein, and C.S. Lewis, the Series of Unfortunate Events publishing program, and the Let’s-Read-and-Find-Out Science series, and acquired Lincoln Peirce’s Big Nate series.  She has worked with Aliki, Soman Chainani, Eloise Greenfield, Julius Lester, Betsy and Ted Lewin, Christopher Myers, Walter Dean Myers, Ellen Oh, Joanne Ryder, Seymour Simon, and Laurence Yep.

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