2013 Asian Pacific American Award for Literature Winners Announced!

Monday, January 28th, 2013

The Asian Pacific American Libraries Association has announced their 2013 literature award winners. Thanks to Shen’s Books for publishing the press release. Highlights include:

Picture Book Winner: Good Fortune in a Wrapping Cloth, written by Joan Schoettler and illustrated by Jessica Lanan, published by Shen’s Books.

Picture Book Honor: A Path of Stars written by Anne Sibley O’Brien, published by Charlesbridge.

Children’s Literature Winner: Chengli and the Silk Road Caravan, written by Hildi Kang, published by Tanglewood Publishing.

Children’s Literature Honor: Shark King by Kikuo Johnson, published by Toon Books.

Young Adult Literature Winner: Tina’s Mouth: An Existential Comic Diary written by Keshni Kashyap, published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.

Young Adult Literature Honor: Ichiro written by Ryan Inzana, published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.

Meet Kristi Valiant, Illustrator of Cora Cooks Pancit!

Thursday, July 23rd, 2009

If you’re in Evansville, Indiana on July 25th, come out and meet Kristi Valiant, illustrator of Cora Cooks Pancit! She’ll be autographing books at Barnes & Noble (624 South Green River Rd) at 2:00pm. Kristi says she’ll be bringing her red apron and some pancit for everyone to taste.

Cora Cooks Pancit is a lovely story about a Filipino girl who cooks her favorite noodle dish with her mother. However author Dorina Lazo Gilmore notes that it is not just about cooking pancit and neither is it a book just for the Filipino audience. “It is about celebrating the family. It is about cooking with your parents.

Here’s a review of the book from publisher Shen’s Books:

Cora Cooks Pancit tells the story of Cora who loves being in the kitchen, but always gets stuck doing the kid jobs like licking the spoon. One day, however, when her older sisters and brother head out, Cora finally gets the chance to be Mama’s assistant chef. And of all the delicious Filipino dishes that dance through Cora’s head, she and Mama decide to make pancit, her favorite noodle dish.

With Mama’s help, Cora does the grown-up jobs like shredding the chicken and soaking the noodles (perhaps Mama won’t notice if she takes a nibble of chicken or sloshes a little water on the floor). Cora even gets to stir the noodles in the pot—carefully– while Mama supervises. When dinner is finally served, her siblings find out that Cora did all their grown-up tasks, and Cora waits anxiously to see what everyone thinks of her cooking.

Dorina Lazo Gilmore’s text delightfully captures the warmth between mother and daughter as they share a piece of their Filipino heritage. With bright and charming illustrations by Kristi Valiant, Cora’s family comes alive as Cora herself becomes the family’s newest little chef.

To read a great interview with author Dorina Lazo Gilmore, visit Tarie’s blog Into the Wardrobe.

LA Times Book Fest: A celebration of books and readers

Wednesday, April 15th, 2009

On April 25-26 every publisher, bookstore and literary organization in the United States will be converging on the gorgeous UCLA campus for a weekend celebration of books and readers. I am talking about the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books, presented in association with the university.

140,000 people are expected to attend this year’s installment of the fair, which will count with 450 authors, 100 panel and speaker sessions, as well as hundreds of exhibitors. This is by far the most amazing and the largest book festival open to the general public in the United States.

The scheduled book signings include author John Stickler and illustator Soma Han, who will be signing copies of Land of Morning Calm (featured here) and Tigers, Frogs & Rice Cakes: A Book of Korean Proverbs (both by Shen’s Books), 10:00am-11:00am at the East West Discovery Press, Booth # 845. There are many other authors and books worth checking out, and the reason I mention these two in particular is simply because they relate to our current theme of Korea and the Korean diaspora in children’s books” (if you haven’t read our current issue yet, please hop on over to the website).

There’s plenty at this festival to inspire and entertain kids and adults, including an entire section for children’s books and book-related fun, and “The Comix Strip,” an area dedicated to comic books, graphic novels and manga, where fans have access to exhibitors and industry legends. If you’ve never been to the LA Book Fest and have a chance to attend this year, don’t miss the opportunity. It makes for a weekend very well spent.

For more information about this free event, please visit the festival’s website.