Reading Recommendations

Finding Books by Asian American and Pacific Islander Authors


Here are five tips to help you find books written by Asian and Pacific Islander authors, including a convenient list of authors linked directly to our catalog for placing requests or checking out e-books or audiobooks.

1. Read an award winner.

Make a selection from some of the most distinguished honors in literature. 

2. Get reading recommendations from IndyPL staff.

Click on a book list to get started! 

Featured List: Asian American Romance Novels

This list features Asian American and Asian Canadian writers and main characters – find a new favorite in this selection of swoony storylines!

Title - Fancy Meeting You HereTitle - Role PlayingTitle - Tastes Like ShakkarTitle - To Have and to HeistTitle - SeoulmatesTitle - The Emma ProjectTitle - One Last WordTitle - Sorry, Bro

Featured List: Mysteries and Thrillers from AAPI Authors

Do you like murder-mysteries? What about psychological thrillers? Find your next page-turner in this list of mysteries and thrillers from Asian American and Pacific Islander authors. I’ve made note of any titles that are a part of a series if you want to keep the thrills coming!

Title - Arsenic and AdoboTitle - City of OrangeTitle - The CartographersTitle - When We Fell ApartTitle - KismetTitle - Death DoesnTitle - CounterfeitTitle - IQ

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3. Discover a new author by browsing through a literary magazine. 

Literary magazines are an excellent way to acquaint yourself with new literary communities. Check out the literary magazines below and if you find an author you like, see if they have additional work in our catalog.  

  • Lantern Review is a literary journal dedicated to Asian American poetry. While the journal stopped publishing in 2022, their past issues are still available for folks to read online.  
  • Bamboo Ridge Press is a literary journal that publishes fiction and poetry related to the people of Hawai’i. While current issues are available for purchase, the archives can be browsed on the University of Hawai’i’s website for free. 
  • Jaggery, named after an unrefined dark brown sugar used throughout the South Asian diaspora, publishes poetry, fiction, and essays by South Asian authors.   
  • The Margins is a literary magazine published by the Asian American Writer’s Workshop. They feature “poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, critical essays, reportage, translations, interviews, and experimental and hybrid-genre work.” 

4. Use your IndyPL library card to log into Novelist Plus

On Novelist Plus you’ll find recommendations, read-a-likes, series lists, reviews, and lists of award-winning books. You can search books by the author’s cultural identity, including Asian American, Pacific Islander, and Hmong or dig a little deeper and search by nationality, like Indian or Vietnamese. Be sure to use the “Check Availability” feature to see if a specific book is available to borrow from IndyPL!  

5. Asian & Pacific Islander Authors

Ali, Monica
British Bangladeshi

Cho, Zen

Chu, Wesley

Davenport, Kiana

De la Cruz, Melissa
Filipina American

Han, Kang
South Korean

Hoang, Helen
Vietnamese American

Hosseini, Khaled
Afghan American

Kaur, Rupi
Indian Canadian

Khaw, Cassandra

Kuang, R.F.
Chinese American

Lee, Chang-Rae
Korean American

Lee, Min Jin
Korean American

Manansala, Mia
Filipina American

Mikhail, Dunya
Iraqi American

Milan, Courtney
Chinese American 

Murakami, Haruki Japanese

Murata, Sakaya

Nafisi, Azar

Nhat Han, Thich

Ondaatje, Michael
Sri Lankan Canadian

Rushdie, Salman
American British Indian 

Satrapi, Marjane
French Iranian 

Sattouf, Riad
French Syrian 

Shamsie, Kamila
Pakistani British

Sutanto, Jesse Q
Chinese Indonesian

Taleb, Nassim Nicholas
Lebanese American 

Tan, Amy
Chinese American

Thomas, Sherry
Chinese American

Upadhyay, Samrat
Nepalese American

Vaite, Celestine
French Polynesian

Vuong, Ocean
Vietnamese American