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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.

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    #42 - What Lies Between Us by Nayomi Munaweera

    In this episode, we discuss the Books & Boba Book Club pick for March 2018, [What Lies Between Us][1] by Nayomi Munaweera, a story about a girl from Sri Lanka, and the tragic series of traumas that shape her life. It's a story about the pressures of growing up female in a culture steeped in misogyny, coming of age as an immigrant in a new country, and the tension of never feeling good enough.

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    #41 - March 2018 Book News

    Sorry for the wait this month, but here is our monthly news episode for March 2018 featuring updates on new releases, publishing deals, and newsworthy stories.

    Don't forget! The Books & Boba March 2018 pick is What Lies Between Us by Nayomi Munaweera. We'll be releasing our discussion episode next week!

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    #40 - Everyone's a Aliebn When Ur a Aliebn Too by Jomny Sun

    In this episode, we discuss the Books & Boba Book Club pick for February 2018, "Everyone's a Aliebn When Ur a Aliebn Too" by Jomny Sun, An intrspective picture book about a cute alien's journey to find out what it means to be "human." Our hosts recap their favorite characters and storylines, as well as their thoughts on the book's approach to imposter syndrome, artistic endeavors, and what gives life meaning.

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    #39 - February 2018 Book News

    Hope everyone's enjoying their Olympic February! On this episode, Books & Boba highlights and discusses the latest news in Asian American literature for February 2018 including new releases, publishing deals, and newsworthy stories.

    For additional thoughts and discussion on the monthly pick, visit the Books & Boba Goodreads group.

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    #38 - Pachinko by Min Jin Lee

    It's time to discuss the Books & Boba Book Club pick for January 2018, [Pachinko][1] by Min Jin Lee, An epic story of a family of Korean immigrants in Japan spanning four generations. Our hosts do their best to discuss the many themes presented in this story, including family, identity, expectations, survival, and how they relate to our own experiences as children of immigrants.

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    #37 - January 2018 Book News

    It's a new year of Asian American Literature news! Books & Boba highlights and discusses the latest news in Asian American literature for January 2018 including new releases, publishing deals, and newsworthy stories.

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    #36 - Talking Asian-Inspired Gangster Fantasy with Fonda Lee

    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.

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    #35 - Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro

    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.

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    #34 - December 2017 Book News

    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.

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    #33 - FilBookFest

    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.

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    #32 - Empress of a Thousand Skies by Rhoda Belleza

    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.

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    #31 - November 2017 Book News

    Books & Boba highlights and discusses the latest news in Asian American literature for November 2017 including new releases, publishing deals, and newsworthy stories.

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    #30 - The Ghost Bride by Yangsze Choo

    On this episode we discuss the Books & Boba Book Club pick for October 2017, [The Ghost Bride][1] 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.

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    #29 - October 2017 Book News

    Books & Boba highlights the latest news in Asian American literature for October 2017 including new releases, newsworthy stories, and publishing deals.

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    #28 - Goodbye Vitamin by Rachel Khong

    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.

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    #27 - September 2017 Book News pt. 2

    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.

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    #26 - Hiroshima and Cherry Blossoms w/ Author Kathleen Burkinshaw

    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.

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    #25 - September 2017 Book News

    Books & Boba highlights the latest news in Asian American literature for September 2017 including new releases, newsworthy stories, and book deals.

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    #24 - The Devotion of Suspect X by Keigo Higoshino

    On this episode we discuss the Books & Boba Book Club pick for August 2017, The Devotion of Suspect X by Keigo Higashino. A crime thriller from the popular Detective Galileo series from Japan. In a subversion of the mystery genre, the readers know the identity of the killer up front, and are instead treated to a game of wits between two geniuses, one expert investigator, and the other a master conspirator.

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    #23 - Talking Asian American Superheroes w/ Sarah Kuhn

    In this episode, we interview author Sarah Kuhn about her latest Asian American superhero novel, Heroine Worship, the sequel to Heroine Complex, the inaugural Books & Boba book club pick almost a year ago! We chat with Sarah about her new book, including her decision to swap narrators, her thoughts on strong female (and Asian) representation, and more!

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    #22 - August 2017 Book News

    Books & Boba highlights the latest news in Asian American literature for August 2017 including new releases, newsworthy stories, and book deals.

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    #20 - July 2017 Book News

    Books & Boba highlights the latest news in Asian American literature for July 2017 including new releases, newsworthy stories, and book deals

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    #18 - Chatting with Author Maurene Goo

    In this episode, we present our interview with author Maurene Goo of the new YA romantic comedy novel, "I Believe in a Thing Called Love," about an overachieving girl who tries to employ romantic lessons learned from watching Korean Dramas in real life. We chat about the new book, Maurene's writing process, and of course, Korean Dramas.

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    #17 - June 2017 Book News

    Books & Boba highlights the latest news in Asian American literature for June 2017 including new releases, newsworthy stories, book deals, and we make up for missing some major new releases in last month's episode.

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    #15 - May 2017 Book News & Author Lang Leav

    Books & Boba highlights the latest news in Asian American literature for May 2017 including new releases, book deals, and an interview with Lang Leav, author of the upcoming novel, Sad Girls

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    #13 - March 2017 Book News

    Books & Boba highlights the latest news in Asian American literature for April 2017 including new releases, book deals, and the Asian American authors who have been nominated for upcoming international book awards!

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    #11 - March 2017 Book News & Author Thi Bui

    Books & Boba highlights the latest news in Asian American literature for March 2017 including new releases, book deals, and an interview with Thi Bui, author and illustrator of the graphic novel/memoir, The Best We Could Do

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    #9 - February 2017 Book News & Gauri Manglik from Kitaab World

    Books & Boba highlights the latest news in Asian American literature for February 2017 including new releases, book deals, and an interview with Gauri Manglik, co-founder of kitaabworld.com, an independent online bookstore focused on the discovery and distribution of South Asian childrens' books, toys and games. We talk to Gauri about her bookstore, representation, and their current ongoing campaign "Counter Islamophobia Through Stories"

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    #7 - January 2017 Book News

    Books & Boba highlights the latest news in Asian American literature for January 2017 including new releases, book deals, and hot topics.

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