Andrés N. Ordorica and Lupita Aquino for HOW WE NAMED THE STARS **IN-PERSON**


Loyalty is very excited to welcome Andrés N. Ordorica and Lupita Aquino to celebrate How We Named the Stars! This event will take place at Loyalty Petworth (843 Upshur Street NW, Washington, DC 20011). **This event is free to attend, but registration is required** You can purchase the book from Loyalty below or in-person during the event! Please email  with any questions.


Set between the United States and México, Andrés N. Ordorica’s debut novel is a tender and lyrical exploration of belonging, grief, and first love—a love story for those so often written off the page.

When Daniel de La Luna arrives as a scholarship student at an elite East Coast university, he bears the weight of his family’s hopes and dreams, and the burden of sharing his late uncle’s name. Daniel flounders at first—but then Sam, his roommate, changes everything. As their relationship evolves from brotherly banter to something more intimate, Daniel soon finds himself in love with a man who helps him see himself in a new light. But just as their relationship takes flight, Daniel is pulled away, first by Sam’s hesitation and then by a brutal turn of events that changes Daniel’s life forever.

As he grapples with profound loss, Daniel finds himself in his family’s ancestral homeland in México for the summer, finding joy in this setting even as he struggles to come to terms with what’s happened and faces a host of new questions: How does the person he is connect with this place his family comes from? How is his own story connected to his late uncle’s? And how might he reconcile the many parts of himself as he learns to move forward?

Equal parts tender and triumphant, Andrés N. Ordorica’s How We Named the Stars is a debut novel of love, heartache, redemption, and learning to honor the dead; a story of finding the strength to figure out who you are—and who you could be—if only the world would let you.


Andrés N. Ordorica is a queer Latinx poet, writer, and educator. Drawing on his family’s immigrant history and his own third culture upbringing, his writing maps the journey of diaspora and unpacks what it means to be from ni de aquí, ni de allá (neither here, nor there). He is the author of the debut novel How We Named the Stars(Tin House) and the poetry collection At Least This I Know and currently resides in Edinburgh, Scotland.


Lupita Aquino -- better known as @Lupita.Reads on Instagram and TikTok, passionately spreads her love for books online. Her vibrant platforms overflow with book recommendations and discussions, resonating with readers globally. She has also contributed her insightful book coverage to outlets such as like, Bomb Mag, Aster(ix) Literary Journal, She Reads, the Washington Independent Review of Books and many more. When she’s not reading or writing you can catch her visiting local bookstores and libraries with her son and wife. 



Please note Loyalty has a zero tolerance policy for harassment or intimidation of any kind during this virtual event. 


Event date: 
Saturday, February 3, 2024 - 6:00pm
Event address: 
843 Upshur Street NW
Washington, DC 20011
How We Named the Stars By Andrés N. Ordorica Cover Image
ISBN: 9781959030331
Availability: On Our Shelves Now - Click on the title to see which location!
Published: Tin House Books - January 30th, 2024

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