Our Friend is Here! Asian Heritage Month Edition – An Interview with I.W. Gregorio, Author of This is My Brain in Love; On Being a Badass Teen Businesswoman, and Pretty Awesome Asian-Americans named Joce ;)

Our Friend is Here, Asian Heritage edition. author interview with i.w. gregorio author of this is my brain in love; on being a badass teen businesswoman, and pretty awesome asian americans named joce. illustration of cuddle the otter, holding her arms out wide like she is showing off something, with ilene w gregoria as a seal with a stethoscope around her neck and holding a dumpling

Our Friend is Hereis a guest feature at The Quiet Pond, where authors, creatives, and fellow readers, are invited to ‘visit’ the Pond! In Our Friend is Here! guest posts, our visitors (as their very own unique character!) have a friendly conversation about anything related to books or being a reader — and become friends with Xiaolong and friends.

Asian Heritage Month Edition is a month-long event at The Quiet Pond, where Asian authors and bookish content creators are invited to celebrate being Asian, Asian books, and the experiences of being an Asian reader. (Note: Here is an explanation of why we are calling this guest series ‘Asian Heritage Month’.)

While we are experiencing the effects of a worldwide pandemic, I have personally been reaching for books that feel hopeful and relatable while also speaking to my experience. Because Asians and Asian-Americans have more frequently become the target of hate crimes and discrimination in this climate, I have been leaning on safe areas and books that feature characters that share that part of my identity.

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