#55 – Chatting with Author Vanessa Hua

Reera chats with author Vanessa Hua, the author of A River of Stars, 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 balancing narratives between different Chinese narratives and perspectives.

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The Books & Boba August 2018 pick is Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan

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#54 – Winnie M Li and her Dark Chapter

CW: Discussion of Rape

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 life traumas and her decision to imagine the events from the perspective of her attacker.

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

CW: Discussion about Suicide & Bullying

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 emotional themes related to (mentioned above) suicide, bullying, and their place in Japanese society. In addition to discussing our thoughts on the book, Reera also shares her thoughts on the way suicide is depicted in fiction.

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

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 Poppy War). We talk about what it’s like to be an author at SDCC, the joys of writing own-voices Asian characters, and how awesome the Asian American Lit community is.

This interview was originally posted on the KollabCast (Episode 173 – San Diego Comic-Con 2018 Part 1)

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#51 – July 2018 Book News & Check-in

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 listener feedback from our goodreads forums (keem’em coming)!

Don’t forget, the Books & Boba May 2018 pick is A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki

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#50 – Dami Lee Can Be Everything at Once

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 original cartoons that memorialize Dami’s journey as a 3x immigrant to the states. We chat with Dami about how she started drawing, the rigors of a working artist, and growing up in-between cultures.

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Asian Authors at 2018 San Diego Comic-Con

2018 San Diego Comic-Con has begun! With a myriad of panels and autograph sessions, it’s easy to get lost. If you’re looking to meet some awesome Asian & Asian American writers at this year’s convention, then we got you covered.

Here is an ongoing list of panels and book signings featuring Asian & Asian American authors and illustrators. Keep in mind that this is not a comprehensive list and we will be updating it as we learn about authors we’ve missed. Please check the official SDCC schedule for more details.

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