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The Adelphi University Libraries Book Club

A book discussion group for Adelphi University faculty and staff.

April 2020

We'll be meeting on Wednesday, April 15, 2020 from 1:00 to 2:00 PM to discuss this month's selection, "Light from Other Stars," by Erika Swyler.

Please join us in the Kelly Room at Swirbul Library.

Light from Other Stars

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Light from Other Stars, by Erika Swyler


Eleven-year-old Nedda Papas is obsessed with becoming an astronaut. In 1986 in Easter, a small Florida Space Coast town, her dreams seem almost within reach--if she can just grow up fast enough. Theo, the scientist father she idolizes, is consumed by his own obsessions. Laid off from his job at NASA and still reeling from the loss of Nedda's newborn brother several years before, Theo turns to the dangerous dream of extending his daughter's childhood just a little longer. The result is an invention that alters the fabric of time.

Decades later, Nedda has achieved her long-held dream and is traveling aboard the space ship Chawla, part of a small group hoping to colonize a distant planet. But as she floats in zero gravity, far from earth, she and her crewmates face a serious crisis. Nedda may hold the key to the solution, if she can come to terms with her past and the future that awaits her.

As Nedda faces mystery and danger both in the orange groves of her Florida childhood and the vastness of space as an adult, Light from Other Stars keenly illuminates the magical limits of science while exploring, in detail, the bonds of family, friendship, and love of home.

Erika Swyler



Erika Swyler was born and raised on Long Island, graduating from Miller Place High School. Her debut novel, The Book of Speculation, was published in 2015. Light from Other Stars, her second, was published in 2019. Both of her critically-acclaimed novels draw heavily from her experience of living in Long Islands small towns. Erika lives on Long Island, with her husband and petulant rabbit. She writes, bakes, is a casual runner, and has very strong feelings about typewriters


The author will speak at 2:00 pm on Sunday, April 19, 2020 at the Plainview-Old Bethpage Library. 

Tickets will be available beginning Monday, March 2 at 9:30 am. 

There are two URLs you can choose from for tickets at the 2020 Eventbrite Ticket Page:


For a QR code, use