Xiran Jay Zhao is a first generation immigrant to Canada from small town China (which, for China, means a town of 4 million people). A recent graduate from Vancouver’s Simon Fraser University, they wrote sci-fi and fantasy books while they probably should’ve been studying more biochemical pathways.
They are in a cow suit because they made a promise to their friends 7 years ago that they would take their author photo in it if they actually got published, and they are not going back on that promise.
You can find them on Twitter for daily shit posts, Instagram for cosplays and very Extra outfits, and YouTube for videos about Chinese history and culture.
Genres: Children's Fiction, Young Adult Fantasy
Xiran Jay Zhao recommends
A Magic Steeped in Poison (2022)
(Book of Tea, book 1)
Judy I Lin
"A breathtaking tale with a stunning magic system rooted deep in Chinese mythology and tea-making traditions. Lin's originality truly blew my mind. Love and magic overflows past the brim in this work of beauty."
Theo Tan and the Fox Spirit (2022)
Jesse Q Sutanto
"Heart-felt and heart-pounding, this book will have you cheering Theo on as he sets out to find the magic of his heritage! (Both figurative and literal!)"
The Dream Runners (2022)
"Shveta Thakrar spirits you away to a richly imagined dream of a fantasy!"
Hana Hsu and the Ghost Crab Nation (2022)
"Hana Hsu and the Ghost Crab Nation is a refreshing, imaginative take on a cyberpunk future, filled with wickedly cool technology and unraveling intrigue!"
Nura and the Immortal Palace (2022)
M T Khan
"With gorgeous, atmospheric writing, M.T. Khan tells a bold tale that challenges greed and inequality as the tough and clever Nura fights the odds from the mica mines of rural Pakistan to a realm of jinn and magic."
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