Author Ayana Gray Discusses Her New Novel, ‘Beasts of Ruin’ and More

Ayana Gray is a New York Times bestselling young adult fantasy author. Her debut novel, Beasts of Prey is being adapted for film by Netflix. The follow-up, Beasts of Ruin, was just released on July 26!

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From Kyoshi to Yangchen, F.C. Yee on Chronicling Stories of the Avatars

In 2019, author F.C. Yee brought the world of Avatar: The Last Airbender into the young adult fiction space, when he authored The Rise of Kyoshi. The first of the Kyoshi duology, readers got to explore one of Avatar Aang’s more notable previous incarnations in how she came to be one of the more hardcore Avatars.

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‘Mr. Malcolm’s List’ Trailer is Full of Romantic Charm and Delight

Whenever I hear there is a new romance period piece centering classic or historical novels, I typically shrug at the idea of it being done over and over again by the same white actors. Although I do love Colin Firth’s Mr. Darcy, as well as Tom McFadden’s version of him, there have been 18 adaptations of the Jane Austen classic — only two of which centers around people of color (Bride & Prejudice, Fire Island).

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More AAPI Supernatural Recommendations for Fans of Disney’s ‘So Weird’

Happy Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month everyone! Last year, to acknowledge both this annual commemoration of contributions from the AAPI community and the ever-present following of the ’90s Disney Channel original series, So Weird, I compiled together a list of supernatural recommendations, created by and about people of the Asian American and Pacific Islander communities.

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Ibi Zoboi on Writing a Biographical Constellation of Octavia Butler

Award-winning author Ibi Zoboi has penned a “biographical constellation” of the late, great Black feminist sci-fi writer Octavia Butler. Called Star Child (Dutton, January 2022), the book contains poems, short essays, and actual fragments of Butler’s own writing and musings.

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Southern Fried Asian: Jamie Ford

For this episode of Southern Fried Asian, Keith talks to his friend, the New York Times-bestselling author Jamie Ford, and learning about his southern roots in Arkansas. Consider this Southern-adjacent Fried Asian.

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Emma Mieko Candon on Continuing ‘Star Wars: Visions’ in New ‘Ronin’ Novel

Emma Mieko Candon likes to write stories that pull from her love for ‘90’s action movies. Being a fan of film franchises like The Mummy and Star Wars, she likes stories that can be quippy and fun, but she also cleaves on philosophical angst. As a new author on the scene, she wants to write action adventures, filled with a lot of queer people of color and an underlying current of a fraught metaphor.

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Author Katrina Olan Discusses the Making of Mecha-Centric Sci-Fi Novel, ‘Tablay’

In the fall of 2019, sci-fi and comics fans in the Philippines were transported to the 22nd century in Katrina Olan’s novel, Tablay. War has been raging for generations between the Philippine Mech Force and hostile machine life called aswangs. When a mecha pilot finds out that the enemy is creating a super weapon of drastic proportions, she and her partner must find a way to stop it before it is too late.

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Southern Fried Asian: Kevin Kwan

Last month, the Enoch Pratt Free Library in Baltimore hosted our own Keith Chow in conversation with New York Times bestselling author Kevin Kwan as part of their “Writer’s Live” series. Because they spent a portion of their talk discussing Kevin’s childhood in Texas, we are presenting that conversation in its entirety for Southern Fried Asian!

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‘Writers Live’ with Kevin Kwan, Hosted by the Enoch Pratt Free Library

This Tuesday evening, I will have the pleasure of leading a conversation with Kevin Kwan, the New York Times-bestselling author of Crazy Rich Asians and Sex and Vanity. The event is part of Baltimore’s Enoch Pratt Free Library’s “Writers LIVE” series. Audio of the event will be available on the Southern Fried Asian podcast feed next month.

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Robin from ‘Stranger Things’ is Getting a Prequel Podcast Series and Novel

Robin Buckley was introduced to the world of Stranger Things in the third season and quickly became a fan favorite. Now the character, who is portrayed by Maya Hawke, will be getting her own prequel podcast and book. The news was announced at Netflix’s Geeked Week.

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Production for HBO’s ‘The Time Traveler’s Wife’ Begins in New York

The new HBO Original drama series The Time Traveler’s Wife is officially in production, which is taking place in New York. David Nutter will direct the six-episode first season and serve as an executive producer. The cast includes Rose Leslie, Theo James, Desmin Borges, and Natasha Lopez.

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Fall in Love With ‘Schitt’s Creek’ All Over Again by Reading ‘Best Wishes, Warmest Regards: The Story of Schitt’s Creek’

Are you ready for the official Schitt’s Creek tie-in book by Daniel Levy and Eugene Levy? Best Wishes, Warmest Regards: The Story of Schitt’s Creek is set to go on sale on October 26! The book, which was acquired by Black Dog & Leventhal, is now available for pre-order at a cost of $40.

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See the Trailer for Netflix’s ‘The Last Letter From Your Lover’

The Last Letter From Your Lover is a summer romance film starring Felicity Jones, Shailene Woodley, Callum Turner, Joe Alwyn, and Nabhaan Rizwan. The extraordinary generation-spanning love story is based on the novel by Jojo Moyes and will be released on Netflix on July 23 in select territories.

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Get a Glimpse of Netflix’s Newest Thriller, ‘The Woman in the Window’

Back in April, Netflix got fans hyped with an official trailer and poster for The Woman in the Window, which is based on the best-selling novel and adapted by Tracy Letts. The film stars Amy Adams, Gary Oldman, Anthony Mackie, Fred Hechinger, Wyatt Russell, Brian Tyree Henry, Jennifer Jason Leigh, and Julianne Moore. Recently, the social media accounts for the streaming platform released an exclusive clip, which has us counting down until May 14.

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The Middle Geeks Interview: Reem Faruqi and Fahmida Azim of ‘Amira’s Picture Day’

In the second of our interview series, author Reem Faruqi and artist Fahmida Azim join us to discuss their new book, Amira’s Picture Day, out now! We discuss the impetus for this delightful children’s book that takes place on the Muslim holiday Eid-Al-Fitr, celebrating the end of Ramadan, and what else inspired them in the creation of this wonderful story, from the beautiful art to the deeply embedded cultural elements Enjoy listening and buy your copy of Amira’s Picture Day today!

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Hard NOC Life 212: Mandy Gonzalez is ‘Fearless’

In the first of two episodes of Hard NOC Life releasing this week, Keith sits down with Broadway superstar and now, children’s book author, Mandy Gonzalez to talk about her new middle grade novel, Fearless. They also talk about her career — from originating the role of Nina for In the Heights to replacing Renee Elise Goldsberry as Angelica in Hamilton — and why being fearless has helped her cope while Broadway is shut down.

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Amy Adams Stars in Netflix’s New Psychological Thriller, ‘The Woman in the Window’

The Woman in the Window premieres on May 14, and Netflix just dropped a trailer that will leave you on the edge of your seat. Along with Amy Adams, the film stars Gary Oldman, Anthony Mackie, Fred Hechinger, Wyatt Russell, Brian Tyree Henry, Jennifer Jason Leigh, and Julianne Moore. The Woman in the Window is based on the best-selling novel and adapted by Tracy Letts.

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Netflix Just Dropped the Trailer for ‘Things Heard and Seen’ and It Looks Creepy

Things Heard & Seen is hitting Netflix on April 29 and the trailer is leaving viewers on the edge of their seats, waiting for more. The thrilling film is based on the novel All Things Cease To Appear by Elizabeth Brundage and stars Amanda Seyfried.

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