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Light From Uncommon Stars and Under the Whispering Door: Ryka Aoki in conversation with TJ Klune

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Thursday, September 30, 2021 - 7:30pm to 9:00pm

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Charis welcomes Ryka Aoki in conversation with TJ Klune for a celebration of Aoki's Light From Uncommon Stars and Klune's Under the Whispering Door

About 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. 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’s first novel, He Mele a Hilowas 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 VogueElleBustle, Autostraddle, PopSugar, and Buzzfeed, as well as the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center. 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.

About Under the Whispering DoorA Man Called Ove meets The Good Place in Under the Whispering Door, a delightful queer love story from TJ Klune, author of the New York Times and USA Today bestseller The House in the Cerulean Sea. Welcome to Charon's Crossing. The tea is hot, the scones are fresh, and the dead are just passing through. When a reaper comes to collect Wallace from his own funeral, Wallace begins to suspect he might be dead. And when Hugo, the owner of a peculiar tea shop, promises to help him cross over, Wallace decides he’s definitely dead. But even in death he’s not ready to abandon the life he barely lived, so when Wallace is given one week to cross over, he sets about living a lifetime in seven days. Hilarious, haunting, and kind, Under the Whispering Door is an uplifting story about a life spent at the office and a death spent building a home. Signed copies of Under the Whispering Door available while supplies last.

TJ KLUNE is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling, Lambda Literary Award-winning author of The House in the Cerulean SeaThe Extraordinaries, and more. Being queer himself, Klune believes it's important—now more than ever—to have accurate, positive queer representation in stories.

This event is co-hosted by Revolution Doughnuts, our friendly neighborhood doughnut shop, and by Outlantacon, Atlanta's LGBTQ+ convention for Sci-fi, Pop-culture, Multi-media, & Gaming! Learn more about the 2022 con here: https://www.outlantacon.org. All live attendees of the event will recieve a coupon code for a delicious free doughnut from Revolution Doughnuts, located right here in Decatur, GA. Learn more online: http://www.revolutiondonuts.com/

This event is free and open to all people, especially to those who have no income or low income right now, but we encourage and appreciate a solidarity donation in support of the work of Charis Circle, our programming non-profit. Charis Circle's mission is to foster sustainable feminist communities, work for social justice, and encourage the expression of diverse and marginalized voices. https://donatenow.networkforgood.org/CharisCircle?code=chariscirclepage

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Light From Uncommon Stars Cover Image
$25.99
ISBN: 9781250789068
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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.


Under the Whispering Door Cover Image
$26.99
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ISBN: 9781250217349
Published: Tor Books - September 21st, 2021

A NEW YORK TIMES, USA TODAY, AND INDIE BESTSELLER
An Indie Next Pick!

A Man Called Ove
meets The Good Place in Under the Whispering Door, a delightful queer love story from TJ Klune, author of the New York Times and USA Today bestseller The House in the Cerulean Sea.


Welcome to Charon's Crossing.


He Mele A Hilo: A Hilo Song Cover Image
$18.95
ISBN: 9781627290074
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Published: Topside Signature - May 5th, 2014

Something strange is happening in Hilo. Noleani Choi's new show about the life of Jesus Christ told through hula dance has everyone, especially her halau, wondering what she could possibly be thinking. Rumors circulate about a rich guy from the mainland, and the dancers and their friends must reckon with what is really hula, who is Hawaiian enough, and why each of them wants to dance.


The House in the Cerulean Sea Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781250217318
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Published: Tor Books - December 29th, 2020

A NEW YORK TIMES, USA TODAY, and WASHINGTON POST BESTSELLER!
A 2021 Alex Award winner!
The 2021 RUSA Reading List: Fantasy Winner!
An Indie Next Pick!
One of Publishers Weekly's "Most Anticipated Books of Spring 2020"
One of Book Riot’s “20 Must-Read Feel-Good Fantasies”


Flash Fire: The Extraordinaries, Book Two Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781250203687
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Published: Tor Teen - July 13th, 2021

First editions of the Flash Fire hardcover come with a reversible jacket!

Flash Fire is the explosive sequel to The Extraordinaries by New York Times and USA Today bestselling author TJ Klune!


Event Summary: 
Charis welcomes Ryka Aoki in conversation with TJ Klune for a celebration of Aoki's Light From Uncommon Stars and Klune's Under the Whispering Door.