Krystle Headshot and debut book cover

Dance of the Starlit Sea Book Launch

Tuesday, August 06, 2024
Event Time 06:00 p.m. - 07:00 p.m. PT
Cost Free
Location Books Inc. Chestnut - 2251 Chestnut St, San Francisco
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Join debut author Kiana Krystle at Books Inc. Chestnut for a lively conversation about her new book Dance of the Starlit Sea with fellow writer Alaa Al-Barkawi!

About Kiana Krystle

Kiana Krystle is a class of 2020 San Francisco State University alumni with a B.A. in Creative Writing. She is a proud third generation Asian American, born and raised in California. She got her start in publishing as an editorial intern at Flux Books and Jolly Fish Press, and continued her growth as a fellow at BookEnds Literary. Through her writing, Kiana hopes to inspire and empower readers to embrace their true authentic selves and seek magic in their everyday lives. Dance of the Starlit Sea is her debut novel. Stay up to date with Kiana on social media at @kiana_krystle.

About Dance of the Starlit Sea

Lila Rose Li arrives at her aunt’s cottage with dashed dreams. For years, she pushed herself to become the perfect ballerina her parents would approve of, but after collapsing on stage, she snapped and lashed out violently. Now, exiled to Luna Island, with its sparkling blue waters and rose-covered boutiques, Lila struggles to believe that a girl like her — a natural disaster — deserves good and gentle things.

As the islanders gear up for their beloved tradition, the Angel of the Sea pageant, Lila vows to remain on the sidelines. But the more she learns about the island’s lore, the more she grows suspicious. Luna Island was nothing more than a failed fishing village before angels supposedly came and blessed them with abundance. The pageant is a competition to seek a High Priestess for their commune. To win is to be loved and adored by all, the ultimate blessing.

However, the Angel of the Sea is supposed to reign for seven years, and the previous winner only reigned for one. Something is haunting the island, throwing off the balance the pageant ensures. And as an eerie voice calls to Lila, drawing her closer to the ocean — to its depths — she worries its haunting her, too. The only way to discover what’s really going on, and protect herself, is to win the pageant. But how can a monstrous girl like her ever hope to be crowned by angels?

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Krystle Headshot and debut book cover
Tuesday, August 06, 2024