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Andrés N. Ordorica — How We Named the Stars

WithAndrés N Ordorica
In conversation withKatie Goh

At: The Portobello Bookshop

On:11th July 2024, 7:00pm - 8:00pm

Andrés N. Ordorica — How We Named the Stars at The Portobello Bookshop

We're so happy that Andrés N. Ordorica will be coming to the bookshop to celebrate the launch of his debut novel How We Named the Stars. Ordorica was selected as one of the Observer’s 10 best new novelists of 2024 and his debut novel is a passionate and profound tale of romance, heartbreak and grief. He will be in conversation with fellow writer Katie Goh.

This event will take place in the bookshop with an in-person audience, as well as a livestream for attendees watching from home. There will be a signing after the event.

In-person vouchers can be redeemed on the night of the event against a single copy of How We Named the Stars – we will have a list of attendees with vouchers to be redeemed. Please note that only one voucher can be redeemed per book. Livestream vouchers are valid until the day after the event and can be redeemed on the website against a single copy of How We Named the Stars.

About How We Named the Stars:

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.

Please note: Tickets for our events are non-refundable. Professional photography and videography may take place during this event. Thank you for your understanding.


Andrés N Ordorica Author

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.

Katie Goh Chair

Katie Goh is a writer and editor, whose award-shortlisted criticism, essays and reporting on the arts have been published in The Guardian, Vice, Prospect, i-D, Dazed, the Independent and others. Katie is the nonfiction editor for Extra Teeth and has previously been an editor for gal-dem and The Skinny. Katie's essay-length book The End: Surviving the World Through Imagined Disasters was published by 404 Ink in 2021, and her debut book of nonfiction Foreign Fruit will be published by Canongate in 2025.

The venue

The Portobello Bookshop

46 Portobello High Street
EH15 1DA

Telephone: 0131 629 6756


Wheelchair Access

We have a ramp at the front of the shop which has a ratio of 1:10 and loading capacity of 300kg, and so should be able to be used by most wheelchair users or those with mobility vehicles. The front doors are fully automated. Our shop interior is designed to allow access throughout for wheelchair users and prams, though please note there is only 700mm wide clearance to access the staff toilet.


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