Press Release: Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature Winners Selected

Friday, February 26, 2010
The Asian/Pacific American Librarians Association (APALA), an affiliate of the American Library Association (ALA), has selected the winners of the 2009 Asian/Pacific American Awards for Literature. The awards promote Asian/Pacific American culture and heritage and are awarded based on literary and artistic merit.

Here are the winners in the picture book and youth literature categories:

The picture book winner is Cora Cooks Pancit, written by Dorina K. Lazo Gilmore and illustrated by Kristi Valiant, published by Groundwood Books. The picture book honor was given to Tan to Tamarind, written by Malathi Michelle Iyengar and illustrated by Jamel Akib, published by Children’s Book Press.

The youth literature winner is Everything Asian, written by Sung J. Woo and published by Thomas Dunne Books. The youth literature honor was given to Tofu Quilt, written by Ching Yeung Russell and published by Lee & Low Books.

The winners and honor books were chosen from titles by or about Asian/Pacific Americans published in 2009.

The 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.

The winners will each receive an award plaque at the APALA Award Ceremony on Sunday, June 27 during the ALA Annual Conference in Washington, D.C.

Publishers interested in submitting books for the 2010 awards should contact Dora Ho, Jury Chair, at dorah2005@gmail.com.