#158 – Author Chat w/ Xiran Jay Zhao

On this episode, we chat with debut author Xiran Jay Zhao about their debut novel Iron Widow, a Sci-Fi/Fantasy re-imagining of Chinese Empress Wu Zetian’s rise to power in an Asian inspired world with giant monsters and fantastical mechas. Pitched as Pacific Rim meets The Handmaid’s Tale, Iron WIdow tells the story of how a driven and rage-filled girl from the sticks rises through the ranks as a giant robot pilot and takes on the space patriarchy. We chat with Xiran about their journey to becoming a published author, their inspirations for writing Iron Widow, and what is up with that cow onesie?

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#157 – October 2021 Book News

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

New books mentioned in our publishing news:

  • A Scatter of Light by Malinda Lo
  • Just Another Epic Love Poem by Parisa Akhbari
  • Enly and the Buskin’ Blues by Jenny Liu
  • What’s Between Your Hands by Mitali Perkins
  • Mr. Panda and the Red Flower by Jackie Huang
  • Tiny Mochi & Co. by Michelle Do
  • Noura’s Crescent Moon by Zainab Khan
  • I Kick and I Fly by Ruchira Gupta
  • Tiny Troubles by Sophie Diao
  • Look No Further by Siofra Robinson and Rioghnach Robinson (a.k.a. Riley Redgate)
  • It’s Boba Time for Pearl Li! by Nicole Chen
  • Behind My Doors and Super Friday by Hena Khan
  • If You Were a Butterfly by Mượn Thị Văn
  • Super Boba Café by Nidhi Chanan
  • Parachute Kids by Betty C. Tang
  • Creep: A Love Story by Lygia Day Peñaflor
  • This Is Not a Personal Statement by Tracy Badua
  • Adventuregame Comics by Jason Shiga
  • Monkey King and the World of Myths by Maple Lam
  • Priya’s Parties by Mitali Banerjee Ruths

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Pre-orders for this first run close on October 21.

#156 – Author Chat w/ Chandra Prasad

On this episode, we welcome author Chandra Prasad, who joins us to chat about her latest novel Mercury Boys. We chat with Chandra about her origins as a writer, as well as what inspired her to write Mercury Boys, a genre-blending novel featuring teen melodrama mixed with some low-fi sci-fiction and fantasy (oh and also hot boys from the past)!

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#155 – Chemistry by Weike Wang

On this episode, we discuss our Books & Boba September 2021 pick Chemistry by Weike Wang, an adult coming-of-age novel about an ex-overachieving chemistry PhD candidate at a crossroads in her life, despite having what some might consider a perfect life. This was a humorous story chock full of moments that will resonate with any disaffected millennial, especially if you are a child of immigrant (tiger) parents. 

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Orders are open until October 21!

#154 – Author Chat w/ C.B. Lee

We welcome back author C.B. Lee for her third appearance on the podcast to talk to us about her latest novel, A Clash of Steel, part of the “Classics Remixed” series from Macmillan, A Clash of Steel reimagines the classic Robert Louis Stevenson story Treasure Island, resetting the tale in the South China Sea in the golden age of Chinese piracy with a classic C.B. Lee twist. We chat with C.B. about her tale of swashbuckling adventure, badass (and historical) female pirate captains, and young queer love on the high seas!

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#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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