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

This podcast is part of Potluck: An Asian American Podcast Collective

2017 Books by Authors of Asian Descent

It’s been almost two years since we launched Books & Boba, and we’ve found more books by Asian authors than we could ever dream of discussing on the podcast.

The following is our master list of books published in 2017 that were written by authors of Asian descent. Keep in mind that this list is by no means complete or exhaustive! We curated most of these titles from Publisher’s Weekly and word of mouth; therefore, this list will be lacking in indie and self-published titles.

Feel free to recommend books in the comments, as we will most likely be referring to this list and recommendations for more genre-specific lists in the future.

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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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#46 – The Leavers by Lisa Ko

On this episode, we discuss the Books & Boba Book Club pick for May 2018, The Leavers 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 between the dual narratives as well as what the title “The Leavers” really means. To help us with the adoptee perspective, we invite book club member and contributor Lily Rugo, who herself is a Chinese adoptee.

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The Books & Boba May2018 pick is Not Your Sidekick by C.B. Lee

This podcast is part of Potluck: An Asian American Podcast Collective

 

#45 – May 2018 Mid Month Check-In

 

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 Asian American literature twitter.

Don’t forget, the Books & Boba May 2018 pick is The Leavers by Lisa Ko.

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