This is a book club dedicated to books written by authors of Asian and Pacific Islander descent. We cover a wide range of genres including contemporary, historical fiction, sci-fi, fantasy, YA, nonfiction, thrillers, graphic novels, and memoirs.
Every month, the hosts of the book club record a podcast episode to discuss the month's book. Members are strongly encouraged to share their thoughts on the monthly pick in the Goodreads forums.
We're very excited to chat with Fonda Lee, the author of the Asian-inspired gangster fantasy epic (and one of Marvin's favorite books of 2017), Jade City. Fonda shares about her path to becoming a full-time author and her inspirations in creating the world of Jade City. We also chat about our thoughts on the fantasy genre, and how we'd like to move beyond the typical euro-centric stories.
For additional thoughts and discussion visit the Books & Boba Goodreads forums
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The Books & Boba January 2018 pick is Pachinko by Min Jin Lee
This podcast is part of Potluck: An Asian American Podcast Collective
Join us as we discuss the Books & Boba Book Club pick for December 2017, Never Let Me Go by Nobel Laureate Kazuo Ishiguro, a moving story of friendship, growing up, and the meaning of life wrapped in a surprisingly genre setting. Our hosts discuss their reactions to the unique "revelations" of the story's world and to the riveting and personal stories of the main characters.
Books & Boba highlights and discusses the latest news in Asian American literature for December 2017 including new releases, publishing deals, and newsworthy stories.
Don't forget to check out episode 35, also out today for our discussion on the Books & Boba December 2017 book pick, Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro.
On this special edition of Books and Boba, we present a series of interviews by book club member and contributor Lauren Lola from a few months ago at the Filipino American International Book Festival (FilBookFest) in San Francisco. Lauren talked to book vendors, pubishers, and exhibitors around the festival about their organizations as well as Filipino American culture & literature.
On this episode we discuss the Books & Boba Book Club pick for November 2017, "Empress of a Thousand Skies" by Rhoda Belleza, a tale of adventure and revenge in a fantastical sci-fi universe. This month's panel chats about the refreshingly fallible main characters, the vast setting, and the all too real politics of space racism.
Books & Boba highlights and discusses the latest news in Asian American literature for November 2017 including new releases, publishing deals, and newsworthy stories.
On this episode we discuss the Books & Boba Book Club pick for October 2017, [The Ghost Bride] by Yangsze Choo, a ghost story taking place in 1890's Malaysia. Reera marvels at the beautifully described settings while Marvin is drawn into the mysteries at the heart of the story. Join them as they discuss Choo's portrayal of the Chinese afterlife and the ghosts and deities that operate there.
Books & Boba highlights the latest news in Asian American literature for October 2017 including new releases, newsworthy stories, and publishing deals.
On this episode we discuss the Books & Boba Book Club pick for September 2017, Goodbye Vitamin by Rachel Khong, a family dramedy that any millennial can relate to! We're joined by guest panelist Minji Chang, host of our fellow Potluck Collective show First of All and Marvin's co-host on the KollabCast, to talk about the book and how it reminded us of our own lives and families. As a fellow cancer, Minji has a unique connection to the main character Ruth.
Marvin and Reera record the first podcast in the brand new Potluck Collective studio! In this episode we catch up on the September Asian American literature news that we missed.
In this episode, we interview Kathleen Burkinshaw, author of the middle-grade novel, The Last Cherry Blossom, a story of a young Japanese girl living in Hiroshima during World War II when the atomic bomb was dropped. Based partially on the story of her own mother (who survived the bombing of Hiroshima), Kathleen chats about her personal reasons for writing the story, as well as her hopes for a future without nuclear weapons.