Debut Asian and Pacific Islander American Authors

This year’s debut books from Asian Pacific Islander Americans range from romcoms on the high seas to retellings of Russian classics and to stories based in Hindu mythology. Authors draw on their Japanese, Filipino, Chinese, Taiwanese heritages and more as the create exciting new American stories.

It’s a rough year to debut a book. Let’s show these authors some love!

  • Let me know which books I need to add to the list.
  • Follow these writers on IG and Twitter.
  • Request your local library to purchase on or three of these books.
  • Decide which one (or two) appeals most to you and purchase it from your local independent book store.

7 Jan Love Boat, Taipei by Abigail Hing Wen. HarperCollins. Taiwanese American. Cis/Het Romance.
@abigailhingwen

25 Feb Rebelwing by Andrea Tang. Razorbill. Chinese American. SSF YA
@atangwrites

3 Mar Anna K: A Love Story by Jenny Lee. Flatiron. Korean American. A love story!
@jennyleewrites

17 Mar Stand Up, Yumi Chung! by Jessica Kim. Kokila. Korean American. MG Comic Fiction
@jesskimwrites

21 Apr The Silence of Bones by June Hur. Feiwel and Friends. Korean Canadian. Bloody YA Historical Mystery
@WriterJuneHur

12 May The Henna Wars by Adiba Jaigirdar. Page Street Kids. Bangladeshi/Irish. MG Lesbian Competitive Romance
@adiba_j

2 June Where Dreams Descend (Kingdom of Cards) by Janella Angeles. Wednesday Book. Filipino American. Fantasy duology
@janella_angeles

16 Jun I’ll Be the One by Lyla Lee. Katherine Tegen Books. Korean American. YA K-Pop RomCom
@literarylyla

Fall 2020 Jade Fire Gold by June Tan. Blink/HarperCollins. Chinese inspired YA fantasy.
@junescribbles

Fall 2020 These Violent Delights by Chloe Gong. SimonPulse. YA Chinese historical fantasy.
@thechloegong

4 Aug Eva Evergreen, Semi Magical Witch by Julie Abe. Little, Brown Books. MG Japanese American. Fantasy
@julieabebooks

11 Aug Star Daughter by Shveta Thakrar. HarperTeen. South Asian. Hindu inspired YA Fantasy
@ShvetaThakrar