Vajra Chandrasekera and Yume Kitasei for RAKESFALL and THE STARDUST GRAIL **IN-PERSON**

Loyalty is very excited to welcome Vajra Chandrasekera and Yume Kitasei  to celebrate Rakesfall and The Stardust Grail! These two brilliant authors will be moderated by the inimitable Susie Dumond. 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.



Rakesfall is a groundbreaking, standalone science fiction epic about two souls bound together from here until the ends of time, from the author of The Saint of Bright Doors.

Some stories take more than one lifetime to tell. There are wrongs that echo through the ages, friendships that outpace the claws of death, loves that leave their mark on civilization, and promises that nothing can break. This is one such story.

Annelid and Leveret met as children in the middle of the Sri Lankan civil war. They found each other in a torn-up nation, peering through propaganda to grasp a deeper truth. And in a demon-haunted wood, another act of violence linked them and propelled their souls on a journey throughout the ages. No world can hold them, no life can bind them, and they'll never leave each other behind. 

Tracing two souls through endless lifetimes, Rakesfall is a virtuosic exploration of what stories can be. As Annelid and Leveret reincarnate ever deeper into the future, they will chase the edge of human possibility, in a dark science fiction epic unlike anything you've read before.


Save one world. Doom her own.

Maya Hoshimoto was once the best art thief in the galaxy. For ten years, she returned stolen artifacts to alien civilizations—until a disastrous job forced her into hiding. Now she just wants to enjoy a quiet life as a graduate student of anthropology, but she’s haunted by persistent and disturbing visions of the future.

Then an old friend comes to her with a job she can’t refuse: find a powerful object that could save an alien species from extinction. Except no one has seen it in living memory, and they aren’t the only ones hunting for it.

Maya sets out on a breakneck quest through a universe teeming with strange life and ancient ruins. But the farther she goes, the more her visions cast a dark shadow over her team of friends new and old. Someone will betray her along the way. Worse yet, in choosing to save one species, she may condemn humanity and Earth itself.


Vajra Chandrasekera is a writer, mostly of speculative fiction, from Colombo, Sri Lanka. His debut novel The Saint of Bright Doors was a New York Times Notable Book of 2023, and his second novel Rakesfall is out in 2024. He has published over a hundred short stories, essays, reviews, articles, and poems since 2012, in half a dozen languages and in publications from the US, UK, India, China, Pakistan, and France among others, ranging from Analog and Clarkesworld to West Branch and The Los Angeles Times. His short fiction has been nominated for the Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award and collected in prestigious anthology series including The Best Science Fiction of the Year, The Gollancz Book of South Asian Science Fiction, and The Apex Book of World SF. He has worked as an editor for Strange Horizons and Afterlives: The Year’s Best Death Stories, and as a judge for the Dream Foundry Writing Contest and the Salam Award. He is online at and probably on whatever social media still exists at the time you’re reading this.

Yume Kitasei is the author of The Deep Sky and The Stardust Grail. She is Japanese and American and grew up in a space between two cultures—the same space where her stories reside. She lives in Brooklyn with two cats, Boondoggle and Filibuster. Her stories have appeared in publications including New England ReviewCatapult, SmokeLong Quarterly, and Baltimore Review.


Susie Dumond is a queer writer originally from Little Rock, Arkansas. She is the author of Queerly Beloved and Looking for a Sign, and she is also a bookseller at Loyalty Bookstore in DC and a senior contributor at Book Riot. Susie lives in Washington, D.C., with her spouse, Mary, and her cat, Maple. When she’s not writing or reading, you can find her baking cupcakes or belting karaoke at the nearest gay bar.

Event date: 
Thursday, June 20, 2024 - 7:00pm
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843 Upshur Street NW
Washington, DC 20011
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Published: Flatiron Books - June 11th, 2024

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