The sixth installment in the AAPI Communities in Conversation series, featuring Malaka Gharib, author of I Was Their American Dream has a new date: Tuesday, June 14, 2022, at 1:00 pm ET. You can register here to join the livestream

PW called I Was Their American Dream a "charming graphic memoir" that "riffs on the joys and challenges of developing a unique ethnic identity." The book follows Gharib as she tries to find a balance between the cultures that are her heritage: a Catholic Filipino mother (with whom she lives with in Southern California); a close-knit extended Filipino family; and an Egyptian Muslim father and mother-in-law (whom she visits in the summer after her parents’ divorce).

The AAPI Communities in Conversation series aims to celebrate and highlight notable books by Asian American and Pacific Islander authors and creators, as well as increase the appreciation and understanding of the Asian and Pacific diasporic cultures, stories, and experiences. The Penguin Random House Library Marketing team is coordinating the series with Nicole A. Cooke, the Augusta Baker Endowed Chair and associate professor at the University of South Carolina's School of Library and Information Science (and a PW contributor).

Program moderators are public and academic librarians of Asian/Pacific descent and include adult and youth specialists, ALA emerging leaders, and active members of the Chinese American Librarians Association and Asian Pacific American Librarians Association.

There is a live talk scheduled for every month in 2022, and the talks will archived and promoted for later viewing on via PW’s weekly Preview for Librarians newsletter and on the PW web site.