#153 – September 2021 Book News

On this episode, we highlight the latest book and publishing news in Asian American literature for our September 2021 mid-month check-in! 

New books mentioned in our publishing news:

  • Zeba Shahnaz – Midnight Strikes
  • Emiko Jean Mika in Real Life
  • Livia Blackburne – Clementine and Danny Save the World (and Each Other)
  • A.Y. HashitateSelfiesby Sumie
  • Mai K. Nguyen – Anzu and the Realm of Darkness
  • Debbi Michiko Florence – This Is How I Roll
  • N.H. SenzaiPrince Among Slaves.
  • Kiana Krystle – Dance of the Starlit Sea
  • Peter Cheong – Every Night at Midnight
  • Bao Phi – You Are Life
  • Marie Tang & Jieting Cheni – Yuna’s Cardboard Castles

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#152 – Author Chat w/ Michelle Quach

On this episode, we chat with debut author Michelle Quach about her upcoming YA novel Not Here To Be Liked,an enemies-to-lovers romantic comedy about Eliza, who’s dreams of becoming the Editor-in-Chief of her high school newspaper gets crushed when the more popular (and less qualified) Lem gets the position instead. In her anger she pens a manifesto that accidentally gets published online and Eliza inadvertently becomes the leader of a feminist movement at school.  It’s a delicious mess and we had a lot of fun chatting with Michelle about her inspirations and journey as an author.

Follow Michelle on IG at @_michellequach and check out her book Not Here to Be Liked at your local bookseller starting September 14, 2021!

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#151 – Patron Saints of Nothing by Randy Ribay

On this episode, we discuss our  August 2021 pick is Patron Saints of Nothing by Randy Ribay, a YA coming-of-age story set against the background of Philippine’s President Duterte’s war on drugs. Jay is a bored Filipino American teen in the midst of some major senioritis when he learns that his cousin Jun, who he was once close with, was killed as part of Duterte’s purge of drug pushers and addicts. Wanting to learn the truth behind Jun’s death, Jay takes his first trip to the Philippines in over a decade.

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#150 – Author Chat with Amanda Jayatissa

On this episode, we chat with author Amanda Jayatissa about her debut novel My Sweet Girl,a thriller about a woman trying to unravel the mystery behind her roommate’s death (and the subsequent disappearance of his body), which leads face to face toa reckoning decades in the making that stems back to her own adoption from Sri Lanka. We chat with Amanda about her journey as a writer, including her adventures in self-publishing, as well as the spooky inspirations behind her story.

Follow Meredith on IG at @amandajayatissa and check out her book My Sweet Girl at your local bookseller or our online bookshop

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#149 – Author Chat w/ Meredith Ireland

On this episode, we chat with author Meredith Ireland about her debut YA novel The Jasmine Project,a romantic comedy about a girl named Jasmine, freshly “on-break” with her kinda shitty boyfriend, who’s loving and meddlesome family sets up a makeshift Bachelorette style dating competition for her… without her knowledge of course. We have a fun chat with Meredith about her journey as a writer, as well as her inspirations for her wild and ultimately heartwarming debut novel.

Follow Meredith on IG at @writermeredithireland and check out his book The Jasmine Project at your local bookseller starting September 7, 2021!

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#148 – August 2021 Book News

On this episode, we highlight the latest book and publishing news in Asian American literature for our August 2021 mid-month check-in! 

New books mentioned in our publishing news:

Julia Vee & Ken Bebelle Ebony Gate
C.B. Lee A Coffeeshop in an Alternate Universe
Alice Lin Fireworks
Trang Thanh Tran She Is a Haunting
Susie Lee Jin Not an Egg; Not a Pumpkin;and Not a Heart
Tara SimWe Shall Be Monsters
Diana MaExtracurricular
Joanna Ho The Wave Riders; Say My Name
Christine Mari Kokoro
Elsie Chapman Kokoro
Tadaaki Imaizumi & Takashi Maruyama Why We Went Extinct
Ream Shukairy The Next New Syrian Girl
Livia BlackburneNainai’s Mountain 
Saadia Faruqi Rani
Margaret Chiu Greanias Hooked on Books
Emery Lee Café Con Lychee
Catherine Yu Direwood
Hope Lim At the Window
Raakhee Mirchandani My Diwali Light; Mama’s Roti

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