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Books & Boba is a book club dedicated to books written by Asian and Asian American authors. We cover a wide range of genres including contemporary, historical fiction, sci-fi, fantasy, YA, nonfiction, thrillers, graphic novels, and memoirs.

Books and Boba Potluck Podcast Collective

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    • 4.5 • 109 Ratings

Books & Boba is a book club dedicated to books written by Asian and Asian American authors. We cover a wide range of genres including contemporary, historical fiction, sci-fi, fantasy, YA, nonfiction, thrillers, graphic novels, and memoirs.

    Author Chat w/ Sheila Sundar

    Author Chat w/ Sheila Sundar

    On this author chat, we sit down with Sheila Sundar about her debut novel Habitations, a decades-spanning story of identity, immigration, expectation and desire, and of love lost and found, exploring the stories of immigrant scholars, and what it means to make a home. Sheila shares with us her journey to becoming a novelist, as well as the inspirations behind the themes of her novel.
    Follow Sheila on Twitter at @sundarsheila and check out her novel Habitations, available now on the Books & Boba bookshop!

    Books & Boba is a podcast dedicated to reading and featuring books by Asian and Asian American authors
    Support the Books & Boba Podcast by:
    Joining our Patreon to receive exclusive perksPurchasing books at our bookshopRocking our Books & Boba merch
    Follow our hosts:
    Reera Yoo (@reeraboo)Marvin Yueh (@marvinyueh)
    Follow us:
    InstagramTwitterGoodreadsFacebook
    The Books & Boba April 2024 pick is Yellowface by R.F. Kuang
    This podcast is part of Potluck: An Asian American Podcast Collective
    Mentioned in this episode:
    Introducing Home, Interrupted, a new podcast series from Feet in 2 Worlds
    Climate change affects everyone, but it doesn’t affect everyone equally. Immigrants often bear a unique burden due to climate change, but they’re also leading the way with impactful solutions.

    Feet in 2 Worlds, the news outlet and journalism training organization for immigrant voices, presents Home, Interrupted.

    From flooded basement apartments in New York City to indigenous Maya farming practices in Nebraska, Feet in 2 Worlds’ Home, Interrupted brings you deeply reported, original stories from across the United States

    Episodes drop each week starting April 2nd. Find Feet in 2 Worlds’ Home, Interrupted wherever you listen to podcasts.
    Home, Interrupted

    • 57 min
    Author Chat w/ A.H. Kim

    Author Chat w/ A.H. Kim

    On this episode, we sit down with author A.H. Kim to talk about her latest novel Relative Strangers, a contemporary adaptation of Jane Austen's Sense and Sensibilities following the Korean-American Bae-Wood family as they find themselves thrown from their home as the result of an unexpected estate battle. We chat with Ann about her inspirations for the story, and what goes into adapting a timeless story with an Asian American lens.
    Follow Ann on Instagram at @ahkim.writer and check out her novel, Relative Strangers, available now on the Books & Boba bookshop!
    Books & Boba is a podcast dedicated to reading and featuring books by Asian and Asian American authors
    Support the Books & Boba Podcast by:
    Joining our Patreon to receive exclusive perksPurchasing books at our bookshopRocking our Books & Boba merch
    Follow our hosts:
    Reera Yoo (@reeraboo)Marvin Yueh (@marvinyueh)
    Follow us:
    InstagramTwitterGoodreadsFacebook
    The Books & Boba April 2024 pick is Yellowface by R.F. Kuang
    This podcast is part of Potluck: An Asian American Podcast Collective
    Mentioned in this episode:
    Introducing Home, Interrupted, a new podcast series from Feet in 2 Worlds
    Climate change affects everyone, but it doesn’t affect everyone equally. Immigrants often bear a unique burden due to climate change, but they’re also leading the way with impactful solutions.

    Feet in 2 Worlds, the news outlet and journalism training organization for immigrant voices, presents Home, Interrupted.

    From flooded basement apartments in New York City to indigenous Maya farming practices in Nebraska, Feet in 2 Worlds’ Home, Interrupted brings you deeply reported, original stories from across the United States

    Episodes drop each week starting April 2nd. Find Feet in 2 Worlds’ Home, Interrupted wherever you listen to podcasts.
    Home, Interrupted

    • 1 hr
    Welcome to the Hyunam-Dong Bookshop by Hwang Bo-reum

    Welcome to the Hyunam-Dong Bookshop by Hwang Bo-reum

    On this episode we discuss our March 2024 book club pick, Welcome to the Hyunam-Dong Bookshop by Hwang Bo-Reum & translated by Shanna Tan, a story about a woman who leaves her unfulfilling life in the city to start up an independent bookstore in a small neighborhood. We dive into the book's themes as the owner, workers, and customers of the Hyunam-Dong Bookshop all search for their purpose in life, and how the answers clash with what society tells them what success is supposed to look like.
    Books & Boba is a podcast dedicated to reading and featuring books by Asian and Asian American authors
    Support the Books & Boba Podcast by:
    Joining our Patreon to receive exclusive perksPurchasing books at our bookshopRocking our Books & Boba merch
    Follow our hosts:
    Reera Yoo (@reeraboo)Marvin Yueh (@marvinyueh)
    Follow us:
    InstagramTwitterGoodreadsFacebook
    The Books & Boba April 2024 pick is Yellowface by R.F. Kuang
    This podcast is part of Potluck: An Asian American Podcast Collective
    Mentioned in this episode:
    Introducing Home, Interrupted, a new podcast series from Feet in 2 Worlds
    Climate change affects everyone, but it doesn’t affect everyone equally. Immigrants often bear a unique burden due to climate change, but they’re also leading the way with impactful solutions.

    Feet in 2 Worlds, the news outlet and journalism training organization for immigrant voices, presents Home, Interrupted.

    From flooded basement apartments in New York City to indigenous Maya farming practices in Nebraska, Feet in 2 Worlds’ Home, Interrupted brings you deeply reported, original stories from across the United States

    Episodes drop each week starting April 2nd. Find Feet in 2 Worlds’ Home, Interrupted wherever you listen to podcasts.
    Home, Interrupted

    • 1 hr 11 min
    Author Chat w/ Vanessa Le

    Author Chat w/ Vanessa Le

    On this episode, we welcome author Vanessa Le to chat about her debut novel The Last Bloodcarver, a Vietnamese-American inspired YA fantasy about a girl with the power to alter human biology who wants to be a healer even if the world sees her as a monster, who is caught and sold into the service of a wealthy family to heal the last surviving witness to a suspected murder. We chat with Vanessa about her inspirations for her fantasy action meets medical murder mystery, as well as how her background as a Vietnamese-American med student helped her develop her book's world and magic system!
    Follow Vanessa on Instagram at @lochnessly and check out her debut novel, The Last Bloodcarver, available now on the Books & Boba bookshop!
    Books & Boba is a podcast dedicated to reading and featuring books by Asian and Asian American authors
    Support the Books & Boba Podcast by:
    Joining our Patreon to receive exclusive perksPurchasing books at our bookshopRocking our Books & Boba merch
    Follow our hosts:
    Reera Yoo (@reeraboo)Marvin Yueh (@marvinyueh)
    Follow us:
    InstagramTwitterGoodreadsFacebook
    The Books & Boba March 2024 pick is Welcome to the Hyunam-Dong Bookshop by Hwang Bo-Reum & translated by Shanna Tan
    This podcast is part of Potluck: An Asian American Podcast Collective
    Mentioned in this episode:
    Introducing Home, Interrupted, a new podcast series from Feet in 2 Worlds
    Climate change affects everyone, but it doesn’t affect everyone equally. Immigrants often bear a unique burden due to climate change, but they’re also leading the way with impactful solutions.

    Feet in 2 Worlds, the news outlet and journalism training organization for immigrant voices, presents Home, Interrupted.

    From flooded basement apartments in New York City to indigenous Maya farming practices in Nebraska, Feet in 2 Worlds’ Home, Interrupted brings you deeply reported, original stories from across...

    • 52 min
    March 2024 Book News

    March 2024 Book News

    On our mid-month check in for March 2024, we recap the latest Asian American book and publishing announcements, as well as go over some exciting adaptation and festival news!
    Upcoming books mentioned in our publishing news:
    The Perfections by Lulee MaRevolutions Are Made ofLove by SunYung Shin and Mélina Mangal; illust by Leslie BarlowNunu and the Sea by Isabella Kung A Home on the Page by Kao Kalia Yang;illust by Seo KimDeathly Fates by Tesia TsaiDragon Force: Infinity'sSecret by KatieTsang and Kevin Tsang Falling Star by Linda LiuI Guess I'll Go Eat Worms by Linda LiuThe Day the BooksDisappeared by JoannaHo and Caroline Kusin Pritchard; illust by Dan SantatLou with the Band by Alexandra LeighYoungProdigal Tiger by Samantha ChongThe Art of How Dogs Sleep by Alison Kim
    News stories covered on this episode:
    Babel optioned for screen adaptationYALLWEST announces lineup
    *Support the podcast by supporting our Patreon*

    Follow our hosts:
    Reera Yoo (@reeraboo)Marvin Yueh (@marvinyueh)
    Follow us:
    FacebookTwitterGoodreads Group

    The Books & Boba March 2024 pick is Welcome to the Hyunam-Dong Bookshop by Hwang Bo-Reum & translated by Shanna Tan

    This podcast is part of Potluck: An Asian American Podcast Collective
    Mentioned in this episode:
    Introducing Home, Interrupted, a new podcast series from Feet in 2 Worlds
    Climate change affects everyone, but it doesn’t affect everyone equally. Immigrants often bear a unique burden due to climate change, but they’re also leading the way with impactful solutions.

    Feet in 2 Worlds, the news outlet and journalism training organization for immigrant voices, presents Home, Interrupted.

    From flooded basement apartments in New York City to indigenous Maya farming practices in Nebraska, Feet in 2 Worlds’ Home, Interrupted brings you deeply...

    • 36 min
    Author Chat w/ Sophie Wan

    Author Chat w/ Sophie Wan

    On this episode, we welcome author Sophie Wan to chat about her debut novel Women of Good Fortune, a story of three "leftover" women living in Shanghai each stuck in their own ruts from living under the patriarchy, who decides to do something about it, by planning a heist to steal the red envelope money a crazy rich wedding. We had a great chat with Sophie about her inspirations for the story as well as what goes into constructing a good heist!
    Follow Sophie on Instagram at @thesophiewan and check out Sophie's debut novel, Women of Good Fortune, available now on the Books & Boba bookshop!
    *Support the podcast by supporting our Patreon*Follow our hosts:
    Reera Yoo (@reeraboo)Marvin Yueh (@marvinyueh)
    Follow us:
    FacebookTwitterGoodreads Group
    The Books & Boba March 2024 pick is Welcome to the Hyunam-Dong Bookshop by Hwang Bo-Reum & translated by Shanna Tan
    This podcast is part of Potluck: An Asian American Podcast Collective
    Mentioned in this episode:
    Introducing Home, Interrupted, a new podcast series from Feet in 2 Worlds
    Climate change affects everyone, but it doesn’t affect everyone equally. Immigrants often bear a unique burden due to climate change, but they’re also leading the way with impactful solutions.

    Feet in 2 Worlds, the news outlet and journalism training organization for immigrant voices, presents Home, Interrupted.

    From flooded basement apartments in New York City to indigenous Maya farming practices in Nebraska, Feet in 2 Worlds’ Home, Interrupted brings you deeply reported, original stories from across the United States

    Episodes drop each week starting April 2nd. Find Feet in 2 Worlds’ Home, Interrupted wherever you listen to podcasts.
    Home, Interrupted

    • 59 min

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5
109 Ratings

109 Ratings

Fobgirl12 ,

Like the concept

I like the concept of the show and the publishing news mixed with author chats and book club. However, I find Reera’s tone a little condescending at times and judgmental. Love Marvin though, seems like a person I would like to hang out with.

SquidInkyDink ,

They are the Boba!

Reera and Marvin are the Boba! They give me all the same feels as a delightful Bubble Tea and they are cultivating more delectable and diverse reading experiences.

Podcast Critic/ Boba Lover 🧋 ,

Boba?

I was looking through Apple podcast and saw this and I was so excited because I love books and boba 🧋🧋🧋and then found found out there was no boba involved, i listened a bit and though5 it was a decent podcast but I am still very disappointed that there is no boba involved in this podcast because I really like boba and I think it’s good, I just don’t want other people who love boba to get scammed out of a boba podcast. Thank you for your consideration,

A disappointed listener,

The Boba Queen

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