#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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#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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The Books & Boba July 2018 pick is A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki

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#49 – Chatting with Author C.B. Lee

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 also happen to be people of color. We also talk about our favorite scenes from the first book, gush about the Asian American literature community, and the touch on the importance of addressing mental health in Asian communities.

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The Books & Boba July 2018 pick is A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki

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#48 – Not Your Sidekick by CB Lee

On this episode, we discuss the Books & Boba Book Club pick for June2018, Not Your Sidekick 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, it’s hard to live up to the expectations on your immigrant superhero parents, and how refreshing it is to read a story centered on a queer POC character where being queer or POC isn’t the conflict.

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#47 – June 2018 Book News & Check-in

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!

Don’t forget, the Books & Boba May 2018 pick is Not Your Sidekick by CB Lee

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