Additions to Our Collection for Asian American Pacific Islanders Heritage Month in May 


In advance of Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month in May, the Library has added several new titles to our collection. We have selected a variety of novels by AAPI award-winning authors and a number of acclaimed memoirs. 

That list includes  Another Appalachia: Coming Up Queer and Indian in a Mountain Place by Neema Avashia. That memoir was named 2023 Lambda Literary Award Finalist and dubbed the best LGBTQ+ memoir of 2022 by Book Riot. A review of the work in Southern Literary Review describes Avashia’s writing as essays that “examine identity and belonging by exploring fraught connections to family, to India, to West Virginia, to Hinduism, and to racist classmates and loving neighbors”.  

Also among the titles we selected is Minor Feelings: An Asian American Reckoning, by Cathy Park Hong, an artful blend of memoir, cultural criticism, and history. Published in the spring of 2021, during the height of pandemic-fueled violence against Asian Americans, Hong’s work topped bestsellers list around the country and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize.  

During the recent Stonehill Student Government Association's “Reverse Town Hall,” library staff members were pleased to hear students say they appreciated seeing titles that reflected their lived experiences on the library’s shelves. If you have any works you would like us to consider adding to our collection, please email

Below is the list of our recent additions from AAPI authors. You will find many of them on display at The Desk. 

AAPI Heritage Month originated in 1978, when President Jimmy Carter signed a law designating one week in May as “Asian/Pacific American Heritage Week”. The observance was extended to a month in 1990. Here at Stonehill we begin the Celebration of AAPI Heritage month in April, when our students are fully in session.  

For more information on Stonehill AAPI Heritage month events, contact the college’s Office of Intercultural Affairs. Look for the weekly Intercultural Happenings newsletter in your email or follow @scdiversity on Instagram.