According to the press release, the organization aims to “promote Asian/Pacific American culture and heritage” and recognize “titles published from October 2014 to September 2015 based on their literary and artistic merit” with these awards.
Below, we’ve collected free samples of many of the honored works for your reading pleasure.
Winner: Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen
Honor: Don’t Let Him Know by Sandip Roy
Winner: The Making of Asian America by Erika Lee
Honor: Canton Restaurant to Panda Express by Haiming Liu
Honor: The Good Immigrant: How the Yellow Peril Became the Model Minority by Madilyn Y. Hsu
Winner: P.S. I Still Love You by Jenny Han
Honor: Ink and Ashes by Valynne E. Maetani
Winner: Full Cicada Moon by Marilyn Hilton
Honor: Blackbird Fly by Erin Entrada Kelly
Winner: Juna’s Jar by Jane Bahk
Honor: Drum Dream Girl: How One Girl’s Courage Changed Music written by Margarita Engle and illustrated by Rafael Lopez