Books and Boba

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This is a book club dedicated to books written by authors of Asian and Pacific Islander descent. We cover a wide range of genres including contemporary, historical fiction, sci-fi, fantasy, YA, nonfiction, thrillers, graphic novels, and memoirs. E...Show More

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#65 - Rainbirds by Clarissa Goenawan

1:00:45 | Feb 12th

On this episode, we discuss our Books and Boba January 2019 book club pick, Rainbirds, by Clarissa Goenawan, a story about a man trying to making sense of his sister's sudden violent death in a small Japanese town set in the early-nineties.

#64 - January 2019 Book News & Check-in

43:42 | Jan 19th

On this episode, we check in to chat about the recent book news, including the success of books becoming TV series like Marie Kondo's new Netflix series. We also go over recent publishing announcements and chat about some of our most anticipated book...Show More

#63 - Young Jane Young by Gabrielle Zevin (w/ Dec 2018 Book News)

1:13:52 | Dec 31st, 2018

On our last podcast of the year, we catch up on the latest book news before diving into our discussion of the Books and Boba December 2018 book club pick, Young Jane Young, by Gabrielle Zevin, a story told from the perspectives of 5 women and the sex...Show More

#62 - IQ by Joe Ide

1:01:09 | Dec 15th, 2018

On this episode, we discuss the Books and Boba November 2018 book club pick, IQ, by Joe Ide, a detective crime story featuring Isaiah Quintabe (aka IQ), a genius detective solving mysteries around South Central Los Angeles. The story covers the origi...Show More

#61 - Dear America: Notes of an Undocumented Citizen by Jose Antonio Vargas

53:21 | Nov 11th, 2018

On this episode, we discuss the Books and Boba October 2018 (also Filipino American History Month) book club pick, Dear America: Notes of an Undocumented Citizen, by Jose Antonio Vargas, a memoir of Vargas' life as an undocumented American, from his ...Show More

#60 - October 2018 Book News & Check-in

34:31 | Nov 5th, 2018

On this episode, we check in to chat about the recent book news including Asian American publishing announcements, award nominations, and end-of-year lists. Don't forget to check back next week for the discussion episode of Books & Boba October 2018 ...Show More

#59 - Author Chat with Renee M. Rutledge

31:01 | Oct 17th, 2018

On this episode, Reera chats with author Renee Macalino Rutledge, author of the award winning novel, The Hour of Daydreams, a modern take on a classic folktale taking place in the Philippines. Renee shares with us about her experiences writing her fi...Show More

#58 - Number One Chinese Restaurant by Lillian Li

1:01:32 | Oct 3rd, 2018

On this episode, we discuss the Books and Boba September book club pick, Number One Chinese Restaurant, by Lillian Li, a family drama surrounding the proprietors and staff of a semi-famous chinese restaurant in the Maryland suburbs outside of Washing...Show More

#57 - Movie Chat: To All the Boys I've Loved Before

54:58 | Sep 9th, 2018

On this episode of Books & Boba, Reera gathers some friends to chat about the Netflix adaptation of Jenny Han's To All the Boys I've Loved Before. They chat about the differences between the book and the film, including their favorite parts of both a...Show More

#56 - Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan

1:31:22 | Sep 1st, 2018

It's time to talk about the Books and Boba August book club pick, Crazy Rich Asians, the bestselling novel by Kevin Kwan that is now the hit movie of the summer! Reera and Marvin talk about their thoughts on the many many characters in the book, the ...Show More

#55 - Chatting with Author Vanessa Hua

37:12 | Aug 25th, 2018

Reera chats with author Vanessa Hua, the author of [A River of Stars][1], a novel about young mothers seeking the American Dream, and the untold story of secret Chinese maternity homes. Vanessa talks about the inspirations behind her debut novel and ...Show More

#54 - Winnie M Li and her Dark Chapter

29:54 | Aug 17th, 2018

On this episode, we bring you another author interview with Winnie M Li, the author of Dark Chapter , a novel based loosely on the author's real life rape in Ireland. We talk to Winnie about her what it's like writing a story so close to her real lif...Show More

#53 - A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki

1:17:06 | Aug 12th, 2018

On this episode, we discuss our July 2017 Book Club Pick A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki, and we have a lot to go over. This was a very ambitious book with high concept themes related to zen philosophy and quantum mechanics, as well as heavy ...Show More

#52 - SDCC Authors Chat w/ Sarah Kuhn, CB Lee, & RF Kuang

39:00 | Jul 30th, 2018

Hey! It's a bonus episode of Books & Boba, featuring an interview that Marvin conducted at last week's San Diego Comic-Con with some of our favorite Asian American authors, CB Lee (Not Your Sidekick), Sarah Kuhn (Heroine Complex), and RF Kuang (The P...Show More

#51 - July 2018 Book News & Check-in

50:14 | Jul 27th, 2018

We check in to chat about the recent book news including Asian American publishing announcements and recent controversies in the book world. Reera shares her thoughts on the value of Libraries and why piracy is bad, and we also respond to some listen...Show More

#50 - Dami Lee Can Be Everything at Once

36:15 | Jul 20th, 2018

On this episode, we chat with Dami Lee, the author and cartoonist who is about to release her first graphic novel Be Everything at Once: Tales of a Cartoonist Lady Person, a collection of cartoons from her popular series of webtoons, as well as new o...Show More

#49 - Chatting with Author C.B. Lee

43:56 | Jul 6th, 2018

On this episode we chat with C.B. Lee, the author of the Books and Boba June 2018 pick NOT YOUR SIDEKICK. C.B. shares about switching careers from academia to writing fiction, and how she created a world centered on a group of queer superheroes who a...Show More

#48 - Not Your Sidekick by CB Lee

54:44 | Jul 1st, 2018

On this episode, we discuss the Books & Boba Book Club pick for June2018, [Not Your Sidekick][1] by CB Lee, a post-dystopia superhero story about a girl from a family of superheroes with no "superpowers." We discuss how even in a superpowered future...Show More

#47 - June 2018 Book News & Check-in

37:08 | Jun 21st, 2018

It's the middle of June and we have your latest book news in our mid month check in. Also our new website has LAUNCHED so please check it out at booksandboba.com!

#46 - The Leavers by Lisa Ko

59:01 | Jun 1st, 2018

On this episode, we discuss the Books & Boba Book Club pick for May 2018, [The Leavers][1] by Lisa Ko, a story of a Chinese-American boy dealing with his adoption by well-meaning white parents after his mother's deportation. We discuss the parallels...Show More

#45 - May 2018 Mid Month Check-In

41:52 | May 19th, 2018

Hope everyone's having a great Asian Pacific American Heritage Month! We're back for a mid-month news check in, going over the recent new releases and publishing news in Asian American literatute, as well as some analysis on recent happenings in Asia...Show More

#44 - One Day We'll All Be Dead and None of This Will Matter by Scaachi Koul

51:35 | May 6th, 2018

It's time to discuss the Books & Boba Book Club pick for April 2018, One Day We'll All Be Dead and None of This Will Matter by Scaachi Koul, a collection of personal essays about the author's life from childhood to adulthood, and the struggles she fa...Show More

#43 - May 2018 Book News

19:54 | May 6th, 2018

Books and Boba returns with a quick update on the latest book news and new releases from Asian American literature! This week is another double header so stay tuned to the podcast feed for the discussion episode of the April book club pick, "One Day ...Show More

#42 - What Lies Between Us by Nayomi Munaweera

1:04:19 | Apr 7th, 2018

In this episode, we discuss the Books & Boba Book Club pick for March 2018, [What Lies Between Us][1] by Nayomi Munaweera, a story about a girl from Sri Lanka, and the tragic series of traumas that shape her life. It's a story about the pressures of...Show More

#41 - March 2018 Book News

42:03 | Mar 31st, 2018

Sorry for the wait this month, but here is our monthly news episode for March 2018 featuring updates on new releases, publishing deals, and newsworthy stories. Don't forget! The Books & Boba March 2018 pick is What Lies Between Us by Nayomi Munaweer...Show More

#40 - Everyone's a Aliebn When Ur a Aliebn Too by Jomny Sun

55:53 | Mar 11th, 2018

In this episode, we discuss the Books & Boba Book Club pick for February 2018, "Everyone's a Aliebn When Ur a Aliebn Too" by Jomny Sun, An intrspective picture book about a cute alien's journey to find out what it means to be "human." Our hosts recap...Show More

#39 - February 2018 Book News

29:42 | Feb 19th, 2018

Hope everyone's enjoying their Olympic February! On this episode, Books & Boba highlights and discusses the latest news in Asian American literature for February 2018 including new releases, publishing deals, and newsworthy stories. For additional t...Show More

#38 - Pachinko by Min Jin Lee

1:29:52 | Feb 3rd, 2018

It's time to discuss the Books & Boba Book Club pick for January 2018, [Pachinko][1] by Min Jin Lee, An epic story of a family of Korean immigrants in Japan spanning four generations. Our hosts do their best to discuss the many themes presented in t...Show More

#37 - January 2018 Book News

31:18 | Jan 17th, 2018

It's a new year of Asian American Literature news! Books & Boba highlights and discusses the latest news in Asian American literature for January 2018 including new releases, publishing deals, and newsworthy stories.

#36 - Talking Asian-Inspired Gangster Fantasy with Fonda Lee

49:41 | Jan 11th, 2018

We're very excited to chat with Fonda Lee, the author of the Asian-inspired gangster fantasy epic (and one of Marvin's favorite books of 2017), "Jade City." Fonda shares about her path to becoming a full-time author and her inspirations in creating t...Show More

#35 - Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro

51:31 | Jan 3rd, 2018

Join us as we discuss the Books & Boba Book Club pick for December 2017, Never Let Me Go by Nobel Laureate Kazuo Ishiguro, a moving story of friendship, growing up, and the meaning of life wrapped in a surprisingly genre setting. Our hosts discuss th...Show More

#34 - December 2017 Book News

37:28 | Jan 3rd, 2018

Books & Boba highlights and discusses the latest news in Asian American literature for December 2017 including new releases, publishing deals, and newsworthy stories. Don't forget to check out episode 35, also out today for our discussion on the Boo...Show More

#33 - FilBookFest

19:56 | Dec 13th, 2017

On this special edition of Books and Boba, we present a series of interviews by book club member and contributor Lauren Lola from a few months ago at the Filipino American International Book Festival (FilBookFest) in San Francisco. Lauren talked to b...Show More

#32 - Empress of a Thousand Skies by Rhoda Belleza

1:19:19 | Dec 4th, 2017

On this episode we discuss the Books & Boba Book Club pick for November 2017, "Empress of a Thousand Skies" by Rhoda Belleza, a tale of adventure and revenge in a fantastical sci-fi universe. This month's panel chats about the refreshingly fallible m...Show More

#31 - November 2017 Book News

53:49 | Nov 17th, 2017

Books & Boba highlights and discusses the latest news in Asian American literature for November 2017 including new releases, publishing deals, and newsworthy stories.

#30 - The Ghost Bride by Yangsze Choo

1:13:34 | Oct 31st, 2017

On this episode we discuss the Books & Boba Book Club pick for October 2017, [The Ghost Bride][1] by Yangsze Choo, a ghost story taking place in 1890's Malaysia. Reera marvels at the beautifully described settings while Marvin is drawn into the myst...Show More

#29 - October 2017 Book News

32:32 | Oct 14th, 2017

Books & Boba highlights the latest news in Asian American literature for October 2017 including new releases, newsworthy stories, and publishing deals.

#28 - Goodbye Vitamin by Rachel Khong

1:04:58 | Oct 5th, 2017

On this episode we discuss the Books & Boba Book Club pick for September 2017, Goodbye Vitamin by Rachel Khong, a family dramedy that any millennial can relate to! We're joined by guest panelist Minji Chang, host of our fellow Potluck Collective show...Show More

#27 - September 2017 Book News pt. 2

16:53 | Oct 3rd, 2017

Marvin and Reera record the first podcast in the brand new Potluck Collective studio! In this episode we catch up on the September Asian American literature news that we missed.

#26 - Hiroshima and Cherry Blossoms w/ Author Kathleen Burkinshaw

33:28 | Sep 22nd, 2017

In this episode, we interview Kathleen Burkinshaw, author of the middle-grade novel, The Last Cherry Blossom, a story of a young Japanese girl living in Hiroshima during World War II when the atomic bomb was dropped. Based partially on the story of h...Show More

#25 - September 2017 Book News

37:50 | Sep 13th, 2017

Books & Boba highlights the latest news in Asian American literature for September 2017 including new releases, newsworthy stories, and book deals.

#24 - The Devotion of Suspect X by Keigo Higoshino

1:02:34 | Aug 30th, 2017

On this episode we discuss the Books & Boba Book Club pick for August 2017, The Devotion of Suspect X by Keigo Higashino. A crime thriller from the popular Detective Galileo series from Japan. In a subversion of the mystery genre, the readers know th...Show More

#23 - Talking Asian American Superheroes w/ Sarah Kuhn

45:06 | Aug 24th, 2017

In this episode, we interview author Sarah Kuhn about her latest Asian American superhero novel, Heroine Worship, the sequel to Heroine Complex, the inaugural Books & Boba book club pick almost a year ago! We chat with Sarah about her new book, inclu...Show More

#22 - August 2017 Book News

26:35 | Aug 17th, 2017

Books & Boba highlights the latest news in Asian American literature for August 2017 including new releases, newsworthy stories, and book deals.

#21 - Exit West by Mohsin Hamid

1:07:46 | Aug 2nd, 2017

We discuss the Books & Boba Book Club pick for July 2017 - Exit West by Mohsin Hamid

#20 - July 2017 Book News

34:25 | Jul 12th, 2017

Books & Boba highlights the latest news in Asian American literature for July 2017 including new releases, newsworthy stories, and book deals

#19 - None of the Above by I.W. Gregorio

1:24:37 | Jun 28th, 2017

We discuss the Books & Boba Book Club pick for June 2017 - None of the Above by I.W. Gregorio

#18 - Chatting with Author Maurene Goo

50:38 | Jun 21st, 2017

In this episode, we present our interview with author Maurene Goo of the new YA romantic comedy novel, "I Believe in a Thing Called Love," about an overachieving girl who tries to employ romantic lessons learned from watching Korean Dramas in real li...Show More

#17 - June 2017 Book News

35:54 | Jun 14th, 2017

Books & Boba highlights the latest news in Asian American literature for June 2017 including new releases, newsworthy stories, book deals, and we make up for missing some major new releases in last month's episode.

#16 - The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen

1:14:01 | Jun 7th, 2017

We discuss the Books & Boba Book Club pick for May 2017 - The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen w/guest co-host Chris Dinh

#15 - May 2017 Book News & Author Lang Leav

50:15 | May 20th, 2017

Books & Boba highlights the latest news in Asian American literature for May 2017 including new releases, book deals, and an interview with Lang Leav, author of the upcoming novel, Sad Girls

#14 - The Whale Rider by Witi Ihimaera

57:57 | May 5th, 2017

We discuss the Books & Boba Book Club pick for April 2017 - The Whale Rider by Witi Ihimaera

#13 - March 2017 Book News

31:48 | Apr 19th, 2017

Books & Boba highlights the latest news in Asian American literature for April 2017 including new releases, book deals, and the Asian American authors who have been nominated for upcoming international book awards!

#12 - When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi

52:23 | Apr 4th, 2017

Books & Boba Book Club pick for March 2017 - When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi

#11 - March 2017 Book News & Author Thi Bui

33:22 | Mar 25th, 2017

Books & Boba highlights the latest news in Asian American literature for March 2017 including new releases, book deals, and an interview with Thi Bui, author and illustrator of the graphic novel/memoir, The Best We Could Do

#10 - Sorcerer to the Crown by Zen Cho

1:12:11 | Mar 13th, 2017

Books & Boba Book Club pick for February 2017 - Sorcerer to the Crown by Zen Cho

#9 - February 2017 Book News & Gauri Manglik from Kitaab World

51:14 | Feb 18th, 2017

Books & Boba highlights the latest news in Asian American literature for February 2017 including new releases, book deals, and an interview with Gauri Manglik, co-founder of kitaabworld.com, an independent online bookstore focused on the discovery an...Show More

#8 - Something in Between by Melissa De La Cruz

1:00:00 | Feb 1st, 2017

Books & Boba Book Club pick for January 2017 - Something in Between by Melissa De La Cruz

#7 - January 2017 Book News

33:01 | Jan 13th, 2017

Books & Boba highlights the latest news in Asian American literature for January 2017 including new releases, book deals, and hot topics.

#6 - How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe by Charles Yu

56:45 | Dec 31st, 2016

Books & Boba Book Club pick for December 2016 - How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe by Charles Yu

#5 - December 2016 Book News & Talkin' Potter

48:15 | Dec 15th, 2016

Books & Boba highlights the latest news in Asian American literature for December 2016 including new releases, book deals, and hot topics.

#4 - Monstress Vol 1 by Marjorie Liu

54:30 | Dec 1st, 2016

Books & Boba Book Club pick for November 2016 - Monstress Vol 1: Awakening by Marjorie Liu with art by Sana Takeda

#3 - November 2016 Book News & The Continent Controversy

47:24 | Nov 18th, 2016

Books & Boba highlights the latest news in Asian American literature for November 2016 including new releases, book deals, and hot topics.

#2 - Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng

1:31:05 | Nov 3rd, 2016

Books & Boba Book Club pick for October 2016 - Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng

#1 - Heroine Complex by Sarah Kuhn

1:07:04 | Sep 28th, 2016

The inaugural Books & Boba Book Club podcast featuring Heroine Complex by Sarah Kuhn