CALA Book Awards

  • Posted on May 31, 2015 at 11:16 PM

From tonight’s press release: The Chinese American Librarians Association is proud to present the winners of the 2014 CALA Best Books Awards. This award aims to promote awareness of the best books about Chinese topics or literature written by authors of Chinese descent, in English or in Chinese that have been published in North America. There are four categories: “Fiction”, “Nonfiction”, “Juvenile Books (Age 12-18)” and “Children’s Books (Age 12 and under)”, and the winners are:

Two Sons of China, by Andrew Lam (Bondfire Books)
Decoded, by Mai Jia (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)
The Three-Body Problem, by Cixin Liu (Tor Books)

Chinese Comfort Women: Testimonies from Imperial Japan’s Sex Slaves, by Peipei Qiu, with Su Zhiliang and Chen Lifei (Oxford University Press)
Contemporary Chinese Art, by Wu Hung (Thames & Hudson)
The People’s Republic of Amnesia: Tiananmen Revisited, by Louisa Lim (Oxford University Press)

Juvenile Books (Age 12-18)
The Shadow Hero, by Gene Luen Yang, illustrated by Sonny Liew (First Second)
Secrets of the Terra-Cotta Soldier, by Ying Chang Compestine and Vinson Compestine (Amulet Books, an imprint of ABRAMS)

Children’s Books (Age 11 and under)
Summoning the Phoenix: Poems and Prose About Chinese Musical Instruments, by Emily Jiang (Lee & Low Books)
The Year of the Fortune Cookie, by Andrea Cheng, illustrated by Patrice Barton (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)

Honorable Mention
Mei-Mei’s Lucky Birthday Noodles: A Loving Story of Adoption, Chinese Culture and a Special Birthday Treat, by Shan-Shan Chen and Heidi Goodman (Tuttle Publishing). Reached 1176 people in CALA Facebook by May 28.

The winners will be invited to attend the CALA Annual Award Banquet on Sunday, June 28, in San Francisco, CA. Each winner will receive an award certificate to be presented at the Banquet during the CALA/ALA Annual Conference.

Introductions and reviews of the winning books can be found at:

Information on more nominated titles have been posted to CALA Facebook in the whole month of May (

Thank you,

CALA 2014-2015 Best Book Award Committee

Sai Deng (co-chair)
Jia Mi (co-chair)
Judy Jeng
Haiying Qian
Xiaoyan Zhou