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LIGHT FROM UNCOMMON STARS Signing

Meet and Greet Event Info Author Photo Ryka Aoki [Japanese American woman with long hair and glasses] LIGHT FROM UNCOMMON STARS cover art koi in space

 

Ryka Aoki is a poet, composer, and teacher and author of Seasonal VelocitiesHe Mele a Hilo (A Hilo Song)Why Dust Shall Never Settle Upon This Soul and The Great Space Adventure. Light from Uncommon Stars releases in September.

Ryka’s work has appeared or been recognized in VogueEllePublisher’s WeeklyBustle, Autostraddle, PopSugar, The Daily Dot, The Guardian, Buzzfeed, The San Francisco Bay Times, and the Huffington Post. Her latest poetry was part of “Are you okay?” curated by Franny Choi at Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center, and she was honored by the California State Senate for “extraordinary commitment to the visibility and well-being of Transgender people.”

Ryka will sign books in-person in the courtyard of our building, with safe social distancing procedures in place.

Signed and inscribed copies can be ordered via the link below as well.

Event Date: 
Sunday, October 3, 2021 - 11:30am
Address: 
2850 Artesia Blvd.
#101
Redondo Beach, CA 90278
Books: 
Light From Uncommon Stars Cover Image
$25.99
ISBN: 9781250789068
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Tor Books - September 28th, 2021

Good Omens meets The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet in Ryka Aoki's Light From Uncommon Stars, a defiantly joyful adventure set in California's San Gabriel Valley, with cursed violins, Faustian bargains, and queer alien courtship over fresh-made donuts.

Shizuka Satomi made a deal with the devil: to escape damnation, she must entice seven other violin prodigies to trade their souls for success. She has already delivered six.

When Katrina Nguyen, a young transgender runaway, catches Shizuka's ear with her wild talent, Shizuka can almost feel the curse lifting. She's found her final candidate.

But in a donut shop off a bustling highway in the San Gabriel Valley, Shizuka meets Lan Tran, retired starship captain, interstellar refugee, and mother of four. Shizuka doesn't have time for crushes or coffee dates, what with her very soul on the line, but Lan's kind smile and eyes like stars might just redefine a soul's worth. And maybe something as small as a warm donut is powerful enough to break a curse as vast as the California coastline.

As the lives of these three women become entangled by chance and fate, a story of magic, identity, curses, and hope begins, and a family worth crossing the universe for is found.