New Releases: July Books by Asian Authors!

Twitter + Blog Templates (4)We are excited to share some new books in July!

A mix of kid-lit, young adult, and adult books are listed below.

Thanks to our Lit CelebrAsian team members: Glaiza and Shenwei for taking the time to research and compile this list.

Note: This is a just a small sample of releases out in July, so let us know what books you’re excited for.Read More »

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#1KBE – A Thousand Beginnings and Endings – Author Interview with Cindy Pon

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Welcome to our interview series with writers from A Thousand Beginnings and Endings! Learn more about the anthology inspired #IKBE reading challenge created by Aentee of Read at Midnight here.

Cindy Pon is the author of young fantasy books Silver Phoenix, Fury of the Phoenix, Serpentine and Sacrifice. She is also the author of Want, a near-future sci fi thriller set in Taipei. Cindy is the co-founder of Diversity in YA with Malinda Lo and part of the We Need Diverse Books advisory board.

Please share with our readers the synopsis of your story in this anthology.Read More »

#1KBE – A Thousand Beginnings and Endings – Author Interview with Elsie Chapman

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Welcome to our interview series with writers from A Thousand Beginnings and Endings! Learn more about the anthology inspired #IKBE reading challenge created by Aentee of Read at Midnight here.

Elsie Chapman is the author of Dualed, Divided, and Along the Indigo. Originally from Prince George, Canada, she currently resides in Tokyo, Japan.

What sparked the inspiration behind your retelling of the Chinese tale, the Butterfly Lovers?Read More »

#1KBE – A Thousand Beginnings and Endings – Author Interview with Shveta Thakrar

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Welcome to our interview series with writers from A Thousand Beginnings and Endings! For more on the inspired #IKBE reading challenge here.

Shveta Thakrar is a writer of South Asian–flavored fantasy, part-time nagini, and full-time believer in magic. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Flash Fiction Online, Interfictions Online, Mythic Delirium, Uncanny, Faerie, Strange Horizons, Mothership Zeta, Kaleidoscope: Diverse YA Science Fiction and Fantasy Stories, Clockwork Phoenix 5, Beyond the Woods: Fairy Tales Retold, A Thousand Beginnings and Endings, and Toil & Trouble. When not spinning stories about spider silk and shadows, magic and marauders, and courageous girls illuminated by dancing rainbow flames, Shveta crafts, devours books, daydreams, travels, bakes, and occasionally even plays her harp.

What sparked the inspiration for your retelling of two tales from the Mahabharata for this anthology? Read More »

Character Interview: Amal (from Amal Unbound by Aisha Saeed)

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Amal is a character in Aisha Saeed’s novel, Amal Unbound.

Aisha Saeed is a New York Times bestselling author. She wrote WRITTEN IN THE STARS (Penguin/Nancy Paulsen Books, 2015) which was listed as a best book of 2015 by Bank Street Books and a 2016 YALSA Quick Pick For Reluctant Readers. She is also the author of the middle grade novel AMAL UNBOUND (Penguin/Nancy Paulsen Books, 2018) a Summer 2018 Indie Next Pick, An Amazon Best Book of the Month, has received starred reviews from Publisher’s Weekly and Kirkus and is a Global Read Aloud for 2018. She also has a forthcoming picture book BILAL COOKS DAAL (Simon & Schuster/Salaam Reads, 2019). Aisha is also a founding member of the nonprofit We Need Diverse Books™. She has been featured on MTV, the Huffington Post, NBC, and the BBC, and her writings have appeared in publications including the journal ALAN and the Orlando Sentinel.

Aisha is represented by Taylor Martindale at Full Circle Literary Agency and lives in Atlanta, Georgia with her husband and three sons.


Hi Amal! I’ve been looking forward to talking to you. What have you been up to? How are you?

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