PRH Library Marketing Co-Hosts "AAPI Communities in Conversation"


In an effort to provide a forum for amplifying diverse stories and voices, Penguin Random House Library Marketing is co-hosting AAPI Communities in Conversation, in collaboration with Publishers Weekly and the University of South Carolina’s Augusta Baker Endowed Chair. This year-long event series is dedicated to celebrating and highlighting notable books by Asian American and Pacific Islander authors and creators, as well as increasing the appreciation and understanding of the Asian and Pacific diasporic cultures, stories, and experiences. For a full schedule of speakers and registration details for all of the events that comprise the 2022 series, click here.

Highlighting titles written for readers of all ages and across a wide range of genres, from mysteries and literary fiction to graphic novels and cookbooks, special guests will include the National Book Award-winning author Malinda Lo (LAST NIGHT AT THE TELEGRAPH CLUB, Dutton Books for Young Readers) PEN/Hemingway Award-winning author Weike Wang (JOAN IS OKAY, Random House), two-time Top Chef finalist Sheldon Simeon (COOK REAL HAWAI’I, Clarkson Potter), memoirist Elizabeth Miki Brina (SPEAK, OKINAWA, Vintage), debut novelist Jai Chakrabarti (A PLAY FOR THE END OF THE WORLD, Knopf), and acclaimed children’s author James Yang (A BOY NAMED ISAMU, Viking Books for Young Readers).

The program moderators are academic and public librarians of Asian/Pacific descent and include children, teen, and adult specialists, Library Journal‘s Movers and Shakers, the American Library Association’s emerging leaders, and active members of LibraryReads, the Asian Pacific American Librarians Association and the Chinese American Librarians Association.

The AAPI Communities in Conversation series launched in January with award-winning mystery authors Naomi Hirahara (CLARK AND DIVISION, Soho Crime) and Sujata Massey (THE BOMBAY PRINCE, Soho Crime) in a discussion moderated by librarian Andrienne Cruz of Azusa City (California) Library.

The next program will take place on Tuesday, March 1 at 1:00 pm (ET) with authors Sara Desai (THE SINGLES TABLE, Berkley) & Jen Frederick (SEOULMATES, Berkley) in conversation with Seungyeon (Sue) Yang-Peace of Las Vegas-Clark County Library District via Zoom. To register, please click here.

Posted: February 16, 2022