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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.

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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.

    #260 - Author Chat w/ Ray Xu

    #260 - Author Chat w/ Ray Xu

    On this episode, we chat with Ray Xu about his debut middle grade graphic novel Alterations, a charming semi-autobiographical tale of a kid growing up in a crowded apartment with his mom, older sister, and grandmother, just trying to fit in and stand out. We chat with Ray about the real life inspirations behind his novel, as well as his own creative journey to becoming an animation story editor and published author.
    Follow Sajni on Instagram at @rayxuxu and check out Ray's graphic novel, Alterations, available now on the Books & Boba bookshop!
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    Reera Yoo (@reeraboo)Marvin Yueh (@marvinyueh)
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    The Books & Boba February 2024 pick is Untethered Sky by Fonda Lee
    This podcast is part of Potluck: An Asian American Podcast Collective

    • 56 min
    #259 - February 2024 Book News

    #259 - February 2024 Book News

    On our mid-month check in for February 2024, we recap the latest Asian American book and publishing announcements, as well as catch up on the latest book tea, including controversies from a prominent book awards.
    Upcoming books mentioned in our publishing news:
    Me and My Pet Demon by Remy LaiOnce Upon a Tail by Audrey Perrott & Charlene ChuaA Forgery of Fate by Elizabeth Lim100th Day of School with Yasmin by Saadia Faruqi; illust by Debby RahmaliaThe Baby Who Stayed Awake Forever by Sandra SalsburyThis Is Dance by Rekha S. Rajan; illust by Chris ParkFolk Remedy by Jem YoshiokaNavigating Night by Julie Leung; illust by Angie KangA Good Indian Girl by Mansi Shah
    News stories covered on this episode:
    Controversy over 'inexplicable' exclusion of R F Kuang and Xiran Jay Zhao from Hugo Awards 2023“YA Isn’t Just for Young Adults” op-ed criticism
    *Support the podcast by supporting our Patreon*
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    Reera Yoo (@reeraboo)Marvin Yueh (@marvinyueh)
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    The Books & Boba February 2024 pick is Untethered Sky by Fonda Lee
    This podcast is part of Potluck: An Asian American Podcast Collective

    • 45 min
    #258 - Author Chat w/ Sajni Patel

    #258 - Author Chat w/ Sajni Patel

    On this episode, we chat with author Sajni Patel to talk about her new YA fantasy novel A Drop of Venom, a retelling of the Medusa myth taking place in an Indian-inspired fantasy setting. Her novel follows the story of two people, one is a naga, deemed a monster by the powers that be, and the other is a slayer, who is sent to kill monsters by those same powers. Sajni shares with us why she was inspired to adapt Medusa's story, and why her tale is now more relevant than ever.
    Follow Sajni on Instagram at @sajnipatelbooks and check out Sajni's novel, A Drop of Venom, available now on the Books & Boba bookshop!
    *Support the podcast by supporting our Patreon*
    Follow our hosts:
    Reera Yoo (@reeraboo)Marvin Yueh (@marvinyueh)
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    The Books & Boba February 2024 pick is Untethered Sky by Fonda Lee
    This podcast is part of Potluck: An Asian American Podcast Collective

    • 48 min
    #257 - Meet Me Tonight in Atlantic City by Jane Wong

    #257 - Meet Me Tonight in Atlantic City by Jane Wong

    On this episode we discuss our January 2024 book club pick, Meet Me Tonight in Atlantic City, by Jane Wong. In this memoir, Jane shares about her upbringing in Atlantic City as a restaurant kid, her trials and tribulations in love, as well as her tumultuous journey to becoming a writer and academic. Jane's stories aren't all fun-times, but not all sad-times neither, and they are beautifully brought to life with her evocative prose that will stay with us for some time.
    *Support the podcast by supporting our Patreon*
    Follow our hosts:
    Reera Yoo (@reeraboo)Marvin Yueh (@marvinyueh)
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    The Books & Boba February 2024 pick is Untethered Sky by Fonda Lee
    This podcast is part of Potluck: An Asian American Podcast Collective

    • 1 hr 4 min
    #256 - Author Chat w/ Aube Rey Lescure

    #256 - Author Chat w/ Aube Rey Lescure

    On this author chat, we sit down with French-Chinese-American author Aube Rey Lescure to talk about her debut novel River East, River West, a story that blends coming-of-age and historical fiction following the stories of a young daughter of an expat living in Shanghai who dreams of a better life in America (or at the very least among the Americans living in Shanghai), and her new stepfather, a Chinese businessman pursuing his own dreams after his life was derailed during the Cultural Revolution. We chat with Aube about her inspirations for he story as well as her personal journey to becoming a novelist.
    Follow Aube on Instagram @aubenoisette and check out Aube's debut novel, River East, River West, 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:
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    The Books & Boba January 2024 pick is Meet Me Tonight in Atlantic City by Jane Wong
    This podcast is part of Potluck: An Asian American Podcast Collective

    • 1 hr 7 min
    #255 - January 2024 Book News

    #255 - January 2024 Book News

    It's time for our first mid-month book news check-in for 2024! It's been a light news month to start off the year, but that doesn't mean we don't have some exciting new publishing announcements to go over, including a new literary project by Keanu Reeves!
    Upcoming books mentioned in our publishing news:
    The Book of Elsewhere by Keanu Reeves & China MiévilleBones of Jade, Flesh Like Ice by Gracie MarsdenThe Lotus Inn by Nisha SharmaMen Like Ours by Bindu BansinathMake My Wish Come True by Alyson Derrick & Rachael LippincottShe Gets the Girl: A Christmas Novella by Alyson Derrick & Rachael LippincottSun, Moon and Star by Nancy So MillerA Fly in the Chai by Zenia Wadhwani; illust by Chaaya PrabhatI Am a Bon Dancer by Brandi-Ann Uyemura; illust by Amy Matsushita-BealNo Purchase Necessary by Maria MarianayagamFollow Us by Liann Zhang
    *Support the podcast by supporting our Patreon*
    Follow our hosts:
    Reera Yoo (@reeraboo)Marvin Yueh (@marvinyueh)
    Follow us:
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    The Books & Boba January 2024 pick is Meet Me Tonight in Atlantic City by Jane Wong
    This podcast is part of Potluck: An Asian American Podcast Collective

    • 31 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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