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Books & Boba is a book club dedicated to books written by Asian and Asian American authors. We cover a wide range of genres including contemporary, historical fiction, sci-fi, fantasy, YA, nonfiction, thrillers, graphic novels, and memoirs.

Books & Boba is a book club dedicated to books written by Asian and Asian American authors. We cover a wide range of genres including contemporary, historical fiction, sci-fi, fantasy, YA, nonfiction, thrillers, graphic novels, and memoirs.

Location:

United States

Description:

Books & Boba is a book club dedicated to books written by Asian and Asian American authors. We cover a wide range of genres including contemporary, historical fiction, sci-fi, fantasy, YA, nonfiction, thrillers, graphic novels, and memoirs.

Language:

English


Episodes

#106 - June 2020 Book News

6/26/2020
On this episode, we go over the latest book and publishing news in Asian American literature for our June 2020 mid-month check-in. We also discuss some of the recent social media movements in literature including #BlackoutBestsellerList and #PublishingPaidMe. Follow our hosts: @reeraboo@marvinyuehFollow us: FacebookTwitterGoodreads GroupThe Books & Boba June 2020 pick is Convenience Store Woman by Sayaka Murata & translated by Ginny Tapley Takemori This podcast is part of Potluck: An...

Duration:00:56:31

#105 - Author Chat with Joe Ide

6/19/2020
We chat with Joe Ide, author of the IQ series of detective novels about Isaiah Quintabe, a freelance private investigator solving mysteries and doing odd jobs for his Long Beach neighborhood. We ask Joe about how his experience growing up in South Central LA helped him with writing his novels, as well as his previous career as a screenwriter for hire. We also chat about HI-FIVE, the latest chapter of the IQ series that came out earlier this year, and the upcoming HBO adaptation of the...

Duration:00:47:49

#104 - The Woman Warrior: Memoirs of a Girlhood Among Ghosts by Maxine Hong Kingston

6/12/2020
A little late, but here is our discussion of the Books & Boba May 2020 book club pick, The Woman Warrior: Memoirs of a Girlhood Among Ghosts by Maxine Hong Kingston, our first attempt at reading an Asian American literary classic. We dive into this memoir that blends autobiographical storytelling with folklore and oral histories, and reflect upon our own experiences as second generation children of immigrants. --- Books & Boba recognizes that we are currently in a historic moment in...

Duration:01:22:16

#103 - #AsianBooksChallenge Week 4 Recap

6/11/2020
We're a little late, but on this episode, we recap our book recommendations for the last week of May's #AsianBooksChallenge. Thanks to everyone who participated in our challenge and recommended books by Asian and Asian American authors! --- Books & Boba recognizes that we are currently in a historic moment in American history. We know that Black lives matter and stand with the brave people fighting across the world for an end to systemic racism in our institutions as well as the death and...

Duration:00:43:07

#102 - May 2020 Book News

5/25/2020
On this episode, we go over the latest book and publishing news in Asian American literature for our May 2020 mid-month check-in, as well as recap our book recommendations for week 3 of #AsianBooksChallenge For additional thoughts and discussion, visit the Books & Boba Goodreads forums on Goodreads. --- This episode is brought to you by Libro.fm, your independent bookstore for digital audiobooks! Get 3 audiobooks for the price of one month by signing up with the promo code "booksandboba"...

Duration:00:50:06

#101 - Author Chat with Christina Soontornvat

5/17/2020
On this episode we chat with author Christina Soontornvat about her latest middle grade novel A Wish in the Dark, a tale taking place in Thai-inspired fantasy world loosely inspired bt Les Miserables. We chat with Christina about her inspirations for writing the book as well as how she became a writer after a career as a science educator. Follow Christina at @soontornvat and pick up A Wish in the Dark at your favorite bookseller! --- This episode is brought to you by Book of the Month!...

Duration:01:07:51

#100 - Asian Books Challenge 2020 - Week 1 Recap

5/8/2020
It's Asian American Heritage month 2020! Books and Boba is celebrating by launching our very own #AsianBooksChallenge! Each day of May, participants are encouraged to recommend a book written by an Asian author in a variety of categories. On this special episode of Books and Boba, Reera and Marvin recap their picks for week one. --- This episode is brought to you by Libro.fm, your independent bookstore for digital audiobooks! Get 3 audiobooks for the price of one month by signing up with...

Duration:00:48:23

#99 - Mimi Lee Gets a Clue by Jennifer J. Chow

5/1/2020
On this episode we discuss our April 2020 book club pick Mimi Lee Gets a Clue by Jennifer J. Chow, a cozy mystery story about Mimi Lee, a pet groomer in LA who gets falsely accused of murder and tries to clear her name with the help of her trusty cat marshmallow (who can telepathically communicate with Mimi), all while trying to keep her meddling mother at bay while she tries to woo her hot lawyer neighbor. For additional thoughts and discussion, visit the Books & Boba Goodreads forums on...

Duration:01:01:00

#98 - April 2020 Book News

4/17/2020
On this episode, we go over the latest book and publishing news in Asian American literature for our April 2020 mid-month check-in. For additional thoughts and discussion, visit the Books & Boba Goodreads forums on Goodreads. --- This episode is brought to you by Book of the Month! Subscribe today and get your first month's book for $9.99 with our promo code BOOKSANDBOBA --- Follow our hosts: @reeraboo@marvinyuehFollow us: FacebookTwitterGoodreads GroupThe Books & Boba April 2020 pick...

Duration:00:40:22

#97 - Author Chat with I.W. Gregorio

4/10/2020
On this episode we chat with author Ilene Wong (aka I.W. Gregorio) about her new YA novel This is My Brain in Love, A story between two teens working at a Chinese restaurant over the summer, who find common ground with each other while dealing with immigrant parents, mental health, and falling in love. We chat with Ilene about her experiences writing the book, her own history with mental health, and how she ended up as a writer who became a surgeon. Follow Ilene at @IWGregorio and pick up...

Duration:00:58:53

#96 - The Map of Salt and Stars by Zehn Joukhadar

4/3/2020
On this episode we discuss our March 2020 book club pick The Map of Salt and Stars by Zeyn Joukhadar, a novel about two girls on parallel journeys, one a Syrian-American refugee on a journey for safety after her home is shelled in the opening days of the Syrian Civil War, and one a girl posing as a boy to become an apprentice to a legendary cartographer on an epic journey to see the world. For additional thoughts and discussion, visit the Books & Boba Goodreads forums on...

Duration:00:53:54

#95 - Author Chat with Jessica Kim

3/19/2020
On this episode we chat with author Jessica Kim about her debut middle-grade novel Stand Up, Yumi Chung! A delightful story about a girl stuck between her immigrant parent's expectations and her dream of becoming a stand-up comic. We chat with Jessica about her inspirations about the book, her journey from teacher to published author, and relive our memories of hagwons and perms. Oh and Reera shares some Korean dad jokes! Follow Jessica at @jesskimwrites and pick up Stand Up Yumi Chung! at...

Duration:00:46:05

#94 - March 2020 Book News

3/14/2020
As we prepare to practice social distancing, there's never been a better time to catch up on some books! On this episode, we go over the latest book and publishing news in Asian American literature for our March 2020 mid-month check-in. For additional thoughts and discussion, visit the Books & Boba Goodreads forums on Goodreads. Follow our hosts: @reeraboo@marvinyuehFollow us: FacebookTwitterGoodreads GroupThe Books & Boba March 2020 pick is The Map of Salt and Stars by Zeyn...

Duration:00:32:26

#93 - The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang

3/1/2020
On this episode we discuss our February 2020 book club pick The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang. Reera's friend Kaitlin Kelly joins us to discuss this fun (and very horny) romantic romp featuring a heroine on the autism spectrum and her Asian American male love interest. For additional thoughts and discussion, visit the Books & Boba Goodreads forums on Goodreads. Follow our hosts: @reeraboo@marvinyuehFollow our guest panelist: @caitidhFollow us: FacebookTwitterGoodreads GroupThe Books &...

Duration:01:03:57

#92 - February 2020 Book News

2/21/2020
On this episode, we go over the latest book and publishing news in Asian American literature for our Books & Boba mid-month check-in for February 2020. For additional thoughts and discussion, visit the Books & Boba Goodreads forums on Goodreads. Follow our hosts: @reeraboo@marvinyuehFollow us: FacebookTwitterGoodreads GroupThe Books & Boba February 2020 pick is The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang This podcast is part of Potluck: An Asian American Podcast Collective

Duration:00:41:09

#91 - Author Chat with Mike Chen

2/15/2020
On this episode of Books and Boba, we chat with Mike Chen, the author of A Beginning at the End, a story of survival and rebuilding in a post-apocalyptic San Francisco after a global pandemic wipes out most of humanity. Follow Mike at @mikechenwriter For additional thoughts and discussion, visit the Books & Boba Goodreads forums on Goodreads. Follow our hosts: @reeraboo@marvinyuehFollow us: FacebookTwitterGoodreads GroupThe Books & Boba February 2020 pick is The Kiss Quotient by Helen...

Duration:00:42:49

#90 - The Three Body Problem by Cixin Liu

2/5/2020
On this episode we discuss our January 2020 book club pick The Three-Body Problem by Cixin Liu & translated by Ken Liu. Join us as we try to wrap our heads around this hard science fiction epic about first contact with an alien civilization from a different context than we're used to in western sci-fi. For additional thoughts and discussion, visit the Books & Boba Goodreads forums on Goodreads. Follow our hosts: @reeraboo@marvinyuehFollow us: FacebookTwitterGoodreads GroupThe Books &...

Duration:00:55:18

#89 - January 2020 Book News

1/18/2020
It's our first mid-month book news check-in for the new decade! We go over the latest book and publishing news in Asian American literature for January 2020. For additional thoughts and discussion, visit the Books & Boba Goodreads forums on Goodreads. Follow our hosts: @reeraboo@marvinyuehFollow us: FacebookTwitterGoodreads GroupThe Books & Boba January 2020 pick is The Three-Body Problem by Cixin Liu & translated by Ken Liu This podcast is part of Potluck: An Asian American Podcast...

Duration:00:26:27

#88 - Author Chat with Abigail Hing Wen

1/11/2020
On this episode we chat with author Abigail Hing Wen about her recently released debut novel LOVEBOAT, TAIPEI. A coming-of-age story about a college bound girl named Ever Wong, torn between pursuing her parent's expectations and her own personal dreams, who finds herself spending the summer of a lifetime in Taiwan attending the Overseas Compatriot Youth Formosa Study Tour, also infamously known as "Loveboat." LOVEBOAT, TAIPEI is available now at booksellers everywhere! For additional...

Duration:00:32:46

#87 - Home Fire by Kamila Shamsie

1/3/2020
It's time to discuss our Books and Boba December 2019 book club pick, Home Fire by Kamila Shamsie, a modern day retelling of the Greek tragedy Antigone. We discuss the book's themes of what loyalty to family, love, and country means when your people are considered enemies of the state, and the physical and psychological costs of the sacrifices people make to survive as diaspora immigrants. For additional thoughts and discussion, visit the Books & Boba Goodreads forums on Goodreads. Follow...

Duration:00:55:40