Gaysians! Book Club chats LIGHT FROM UNCOMMON STARS by Ryka Aoki **IN-PERSON**

Join us for our newest book club Gaysians! which is led by Loyalty's resident gaysian Christine! As you can imagine from the name, this book club will focus on reading and championing books by Queer Asian authors. We'll read books from a variety of genres that explore the full spectrum of queer identities within the Asian diaspora. We'll meet in Loyalty's Petworth store on the first Sunday of the month at 3 PM! While all are welcome, please note that this space is created to be a safe and centering space for Queer and BIPOC readers. 

Use coupon code BKCB2020 at checkout online for 10% off each month's book club selection or mention it is a book club at checkout in either store! 


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.


RYKA AOKI (she/her) is a poet, composer, teacher, and novelist. Her latest novel, Light From Uncommon Stars, was an Alex, SCKA, and Otherwise Award winner, and was also a finalist for the Hugo, Locus, and Ignyte Awards.

Ryka is a two-time Lambda Literary Award finalist for her collections Seasonal Velocities, and Why Dust Shall Never Settle Upon This Soul, and her first novel, He Mele a Hilo, was callled one of the "10 Best Books Set in Hawaii" by Bookriot. She has been recognized by the California State Senate for “extraordinary commitment to the visibility and well-being of Transgender people,” and her work has appeared or been recognized in publications including VogueElleBustleAutostraddlePopSugar, and Buzzfeed, as well as the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center. She was also honored to work with the American Association of Hiroshima Nagasaki A-Bomb Survivors, where two of her compositions were adopted as the organization’s “songs of peace.”

She has an MFA in creative writing from Cornell University, and is currently a professor of English at Santa Monica College.


Christine Bollow is the Co-Owner and Director of Programs for Loyalty Bookstores in Washington, DC and Silver Spring, MD. She is a 2022 Publishers Weekly Star Watch Honoree, graduate of Barnard College, and most importantly, won the award for “Most Books Read” in the 6th grade. Christine is a Fiction Juror for the 2024 Kirkus Prize and currently serves on the DEI Committee for the American Booksellers Association. As a biracial Filipina who is queer and disabled, Christine is passionate about championing marginalized authors both at Loyalty and on her Bookstagram account @readingismagical.

Please note Loyalty has a zero tolerance policy for harassment or intimidation of any kind during our virtual and in-person events.

Event date: 
Sunday, July 7, 2024 - 3:00pm
Event address: 
843 Upshur Street NW
Washington, DC 20011
Light From Uncommon Stars By Ryka Aoki Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250789082
Availability: On Our Shelves Now - Click on the title to see which location!
Published: Tor Books - July 26th, 2022

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