#260 - Author Chat w/ Ray Xu
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by Potluck Podcast Collective
13h ago
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! *Support the podcast by supporting our Patreon ..read more
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#259 - February 2024 Book News
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by Potluck Podcast Collective
1w ago
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 Lai Once Upon a Tail by Audrey Perrott & Charlene Chua A Forgery of Fate by Elizabeth Lim 100th Day of School with Yasmin by Saadia Faruqi; illust by Debby Rahmalia The Baby Who Stayed Awake Forever by Sandra Salsbury This Is Dance by Rekha S. Rajan; illust by Chris Park Folk Remedy by Jem Yoshioka Navig ..read more
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#257 - Meet Me Tonight in Atlantic City by Jane Wong
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by Potluck Podcast Collective
3w ago
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) Follow us ..read more
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#256 - Author Chat w/ Aube Rey Lescure
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by Potluck Podcast Collective
1M ago
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 ..read more
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#255 - January 2024 Book News
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by Potluck Podcast Collective
1M ago
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 MiĆ©ville Bones of Jade, Flesh Like Ice by Gracie Marsden The Lotus Inn by Nisha Sharma Men Like Ours by Bindu Bansinath Make My Wish Come True by Alyson Derrick & Rachael Lippincott She Gets the Girl: A Christmas No ..read more
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#254 - Foul Lady Fortune by Chloe Gong
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by Potluck Podcast Collective
1M ago
On this episode, we discuss our December 2023 book club pick, Foul Lady Fortune by Chloe Gong, a spin-off taking place four years after the events of Chloe's first duology, Foul Lady Fortune follows returning character Rosalind Lang, an supernatural assassin seeking redemption for her actions by working for the Kuomintang in 1930's Shanghai, who is sent on a mission to infiltrate a Japanese aligned newspaper alongside Orion Hong, an infuriatingly charming spy, to uncover a suspected international terror plot. *Support the podcast by supporting our new Patreon* Follow our hosts: Reera Yoo (@re ..read more
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#253 - Author Chat w/ Wendy Chin-Tanner
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by Potluck Podcast Collective
1M ago
For our first episode of the new year, we sit down with Wendy Chin-Tanner to talk about her debut novel King of the Armadillos, a historical fiction coming-of-age story of a young Chinese American immigrant from the Bronx in the 1950's, who is sent to a federal medical institution in Louisiana after he is diagnosed with Hansen's Disease (also known as Leprosy). We chat with Wendy about how this story was inspired by the true story of her father who spent his formative years being treated for Hansens, as well as how she skillfully mixed in Asian American history into her coming-of-age story. Fo ..read more
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#252 - Author Chat w/ Sage Cotugno
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by Potluck Podcast Collective
2M ago
On this episode, we chat with graphic novelist (& animation artist) Sage Cotugno about their debut graphic novel, The Glass Scientists Volume 1, a story mashing up Victorian horror classics about Dr Jekyll and his Society for Arcane Sciences, which provides rogue (not mad) scientists a safe place to practice their rogue experiments. We chat with Sage about their love of anime and Victorian horror, as well as their background in the animation industry and how that led them to creating comics. Follow Sage on Instagram @arythusa at Check out Sage's debut graphic novel, The Glass Scientists Vo ..read more
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#251 - December 2023 Book News
Books and Boba
by Potluck Podcast Collective
2M ago
On our last mid-month check in for 2023, we once again review the latest Asian American book and publishing announcements, as well as recap the latest book news including wishing a farewell to a beloved institution for diverse authors and drinking all the tea on the latest controversy to sweep book twitter! Upcoming books mentioned in our publishing news: The Guilt Pill by Saumya Dave Nice to Meet Eat You by Karen Yin; illust by Carolina Coroa Cookies and Crescents: An Eid Story by Nada Shawish Dutka; illust by Zelma Firdauzia Bing's Cherries by Livia Blackburne; illust by Julia Kuo To Have a ..read more
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#250 - Author Chat w/ K-Ming Chang
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by Potluck Podcast Collective
2M ago
On this episode, we chat with author K-Ming Chang about her latest novel, Organ Meats, a story about two childhood friends, Anita and Rainie, who realize that they're descended from dogs and connected by a red string of fate. Years after moving away, Rainie returns to her hometown to find her friend lost in a dream and sets out to rescue her. We chat with K-Ming about how she became a novelist, as well as the inspirations behind her writing style that steeped in Chinese folklore and metaphor. Check out K-Ming's latest novel, Organ Meats, available now on the Books & Boba bookshop! *Support ..read more
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