#168 – Author Chat w/ June Hur

On this episode, we chat with June Hur (author of past book club pick The Silence of Bones) about her latest novel, The Red Palace, her latest mystery novel taking place during Korea’s Joseon Dynasty. We ask June about her writing origins, her journey to publishing, and what inspired her to write her unique “Joseon Noir” style stories.

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#167 – She Who Became the Sun by Shelley Parker-Chan

On this episode, we discuss our January 2022 book club pick She Who Became the Sun by  Shelley Parker-Chan, a  queer re-imagining of the rise of the founding emperor of the Ming Dynasty. In the last days of the Mongolian ruled Yuan Dynasty, an unnamed daughter takes on her dead brother’s name to survive as a novice monk after her family is attacked by bandits. When that safe haven is also taken from her, she decides that in order to survive, she needs to take on her brother’s abandoned fate of greatness as well ans rise the ranks as the rebel monk commander Zhu Chongba. 

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#166 – January 2022 Book News

It’s our first Books & Boba mid-month episode of 2022! Join us as we highlight the latest book and publishing news in Asian American literature! 

New books mentioned in our publishing news:

A Gift for Nai Nai by Kim-Hoa Ung
Words Between Us by Angela Pham Krans
Nine Color Deer by Kailin Duan
Hair Oil Magic by Anu Chouhan
Take Me to Laolao by Kelly Zhang
See Us Bloom by Kyunghee Kim
Last Flight Out by Kerisa Greene
Deep as the Sky, Red as the Sea by Rita Chang-Eppig
Chlorine by Jade Song

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#165 – December 2021 Book News

On this last episode of Books & Boba in 2021, we highlight the latest book and publishing news in Asian American literature for our December 2021 mid-month check-in! 

New books mentioned in our publishing news:

The Traveler’s Guide to Geozoology by Angela Hsieh
My Indigo World: A True Story About the Color Blue by Rosa Chang
Mango Memories by Sita Singh
All the Yellow Suns by Malavika Kannan
Love & Resistance by Kara H.L. Chen
Ride or Die by Gail-Agnes Musikavanhu
My Forever Home by Ha Dinh
Swimming Towards a Dream: Yusra Mardini’s Incredible Journey from Refugee to Olympic Swimmer by Reem Faruqi
Waiting for Tomorrow by Sarah Yoon
Fake Dates and Mooncakes by Sher Lee
Ghost Book by Remy Lai
Uprooted by Ruth Chan
Dadaji’s Paintbrush by Rashmi Sirdeshpande

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#164 – Author Chat w/ Fonda Lee

On this episode, we welcome back author Fonda Lee to chat about her latest novel, Jade Legacy, the conclusion of her Green Bone Saga trilogy. We last had Fonda on the show four years ago when she had just published Jade City, the first book in the series. We catch up with Fonda’s thoughts on the growth of Asian-inspired fantasy over the last few years, as well as chat about the themes and inspirations for her expansive world-building over the last two novels of the series.

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#163 – Author Chat w/ Julie Tieu

On this episode, we chat with author Julie Tieu about her debut novel The Donut Trap, A romantic comedy and adult coming-of-age story about the post-college ennui of Jasmine Tran, who finds herself jobless and directionless as she spends her days working at her parent’s donut shop in the SGV, that is until a missed connection shows back up in her life and she finds herself torn between familial expectations and what she really wants. We chat with Julie about the inspirations for her book as well as her journey as a writer.

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