The Public Library of Brookline: Ryka Aoki

The Public Library of Brookline: Ryka Aoki

Monday, August 15, 2022 - 7:00PM ET
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About the Event

Join us for a virtual talk and Q&A with Ryka Aoki in celebration of the paperback release of her novel, Light from Uncommon Stars!

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.

Ryka Aoki’s first novel, He Mele a Hilo, was published by Topside Press in 2014. She is a two-time Lambda Literary Award finalist for her collections Seasonal Velocities, and Why Dust Shall Never Settle Upon This Soul. Ryka’s work has appeared or been recognized in publications including Vogue, Elle, Bustle, Autostraddle, PopSugar, and Buzzfeed, as well as the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center. Her most recent novel, Light From Uncommon Stars, was a national bestseller, and was recognized as one of the best Science Fiction & Fantasy books of 2021 by Barnes & Nobles, Kirkus, Goodreads, Bookpage, and the New York Public Library. Ryka has been honored by the California State Senate for “extraordinary commitment to the visibility and well-being of Transgender people.” She has an MFA in creative writing from Cornell University, and is cur­rently a professor of English at Santa Monica College. You can find Ryka online at