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How We Named The Stars: Andrés N. Ordorica & Josh Coates

How We Named The Stars: Andrés N. Ordorica & Josh Coates


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‘Hearing you say my name was a way of seeing myself as I had never seen myself … you gave my name new meaning, new weight.’

Join us at Dead Ink Books on July 31st to celebrate the release of queer love story ‘How We Named The Stars’ (Saraband) with author Andres N. Ordorica interviewed by Josh Coates.

Nerdy and shy, scholarship student Daniel de La Luna arrives at college nervous to meet his golden-haired, athletic roommate, whose Facebook photos depict a boy just like those who made Daniel’s school years hell. Sam Morris is not what he had imagined, though. As the two settle into college life they drink tequila under the stars, go on long runs through snow-covered hills, explore freshman nightlife, and inch closer until they find themselves in love.

But their blissful first year is over all too soon. Daniel’s summer in his ancestral homeland of México becomes a rollercoaster of revelations, before his life is brutally upended by the unimaginable.

How We Named the Stars is a tale of love, heartache and learning to honour the dead. Daniel and Sam will leave you forever changed.

Andrés N. Ordorica is a queer Latinx writer based in Edinburgh. 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 poetry collection At Least This I Know. His writing has been shortlisted for the Morley Prize for Unpublished Writers of Colour, the Mo Siewcharran Prize and the Saltire Society’s Poetry Book of The Year. How We Named the Stars is his first novel. He serves as a trustee and board member for Artlink Edinburgh. He is passionate about advocating for increased opportunities for marginalised communities to engage with the creative arts.

Josh Coates is a theatre maker and community organiser based in Liverpool. His work deals in politics, autobiography and community, creating experimental and experiential forms of storytelling. He currently works with Homebaked Community Land Trust in Anfield, creating events that bring neighbours together for a chat over a brew.  
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