Books and Boba

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.


All Episodes

#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.

#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.

#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.

#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.

#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.

#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.

#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.

#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.

#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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