N E W S . & . U P D A T E S

I'm touring this fall, guys!
Here's an early breakdown of where I'll be. Hopefully it is somewhere near you:


I'm touring solo for Champion's release, from Nov. 5 - Nov. 17, to the following cities and the following bookstores!

Tuesday, Nov. 5, at 6:00 PM
Signing at RJ Julia, 768 Boston Post Rd, Madison, CT 06443

Thursday, Nov. 7, at 7:00 PM
Signing at Books & Books, 265 Aragon Ave, Coral Gables, FL 33134

Saturday, Nov. 9, all day
Y'ALL Fest panels and signings, Charleston, NC

Monday, Nov. 11, at 7:00 PM
Signing at Anderson's Bookshop, 123 W. Jefferson Ave, Naperville, IL

Tuesday, Nov. 12, all day
Teens Write-On Literary Festival, Darien, IL

Wednesday, Nov. 13, at 7:00 PM
Signing at King's English Bookshop, 1511 South 1500 East, Salt Lake City, UT 84105

Thursday, Nov. 14, at 7:00 PM
Signing at Provo Library, 550 N. University Ave, Provo, UT 84601

Friday, Nov. 15, at 7:00 PM
Signing at Alamosa Books, 8810 Holly Ave NE, Albuquerque, NM 87122

Saturday, Nov. 16, at 7:00 PM
Signing at Tattered Cover, 2526 E. Colfax Ave, Denver, CO

Hope to see you guys soon!


San Diego Comicon


It's time for San Diego Comic-con again, guys! You can catch me on Friday and Sunday:

Friday, 7/19, 2PM in Room 23ABC: "From Idea to Buzz: The Team Behind a Literary Blockbuster"

Sunday, 7/21, 11AM, Mysterous Galaxy Booth (#1119): Signing

Sunday, 7/21, 2:30PM in Room 23ABC: "Safety Not Guaranteed"

Can't wait to see you guys--and all the cosplayers, too!


Huge Signing Event in New York!


New York, New Yooork! I have the extreme privilege of visiting your lovely city for a B&N event with some of the most awesome authors out there:

What: Book Event and Signing

Where: Barnes & Noble Union Square, 33 E 17th St, New York, NY 10003

When: Thurs, May 30, 7:00 PM

Authors: Richelle Mead, Rick Yancey, Sarah Dessen, Andrea Cremer, and me. (Yes, I know. I can’t believe I’ll be hanging out with all of these amazing folks either!)

We’d love to see you there! Much delight to be had by all. :) For those of you also attending BookExpo America this year, I’ll be signing chapter samplers of Champion there on Friday (5/31) from 9:30-10:30 at the Penguin Booth #1520!


Bookstore Signing in Santa Monica


Hey, Angelinos! There’s an incredible event coming up this Sunday that you’ll definitely want to check out if you’re in the SoCal area. I’ll be signing there, along with a host of amazing authors. Details:

What: Book Signing event to celebrate the release of Margaret Stohl’s (yes, THE Margaret Stohl, co-author of Beautiful Creatures, yes, THE Beautiful Creatures) new solo debut, ICONS.

Where: Barnes & Noble, 1201 3rd St, Santa Monica, CA 90401

When: Sunday, May 12, 5 PM

Who: Margaret Stohl (the star of the show!), Kami Garcia, me, Tahereh Mafi, Ransom Riggs, Melissa de la Cruz, and Alyson Noel

What a great lineup, yeah? Can’t wait to see you guys! Hope you can make it!


Bookstore Signings in Houston and Dallas!


Heads up, Texas! I'm coming to Houston and Dallas next week! Details on bookstore signings below:

Tuesday, April 23rd
6:30 PM
Murder by the Book
2342 Bissonnet St, Houston, TX 77005

Wednesday, April 24th
7:00 PM
Half Price Books
5803 East Northwest Highway, Dallas, TX 75231


Breathless Reads Tour 2013


It's touring time! I'll be touring for Prodigy with the following lovely ladies: Andrea Cremer (Rise), Jessica Khoury (Origin), and Brenna Yovanoff (Paper Valentine). Here are our stops. Hope we see you along the way!

Sunday, February 10th – LOS ANGELES
Barnes & Noble, The Grove, 2pm
189 The Grove Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90036

Monday, February 11th – LOS ANGELES
Mrs. Nelson’s Toy and Book Shop, 7pm
1030 Bonita Ave., LaVerne, Ca 91750

Tuesday, February 12th – SAN FRANCISCO
A Great Good Place for Books, 7pm
6120 La Salle Avenue, Oakland, CA 94611

Wednesday, February 13th – PORTLAND, OR
Barnes & Noble, Clackamas, 6:30pm
12000 SE 82nd Avenue, Portland, OR 97086

Thursday, February 14th – BOULDER, CO
Boulder Bookstore, 6:30pm
1107 Pearl Street, Boulder, CO 80302

Friday, February 15th – AUSTIN
BookPeople, 7pm
603 North Lamar, Austin, Texas 78703

Saturday, February 16th – SALT LAKE CITY
Barnes & Noble, Orem
330 East 1300 South Orem, UT 84058


Prodigy Launch Party


We are now less than a month away from Prodigy's (Legend #2) launch on Jan. 29! And for all of you who are in the SoCal area, I would love to see you all at the Prodigy launch:

Prodigy Launch Party
When: 7:30 PM on Jan. 29, 2013
Where: Mysterious Galaxy bookstore, 2810 Artesia Blvd, Redondo Beach, CA 90278
Who: Open to the public. All are invited! Bring your friends!

We'll do a little chatting, a little Q&A, and of course some booksigning. I hope to see you there!


Legend hits the New York Times Bestseller List


Happy New Year, everyone! Over the holidays, we got the great news that Legend hit the NYT Bestseller list, coming in at #8! It couldn't have reached the list without all of your support. Thank you all so much, from the bottom of my heart.


Book Two announced! (May 3, 2012)


The sequel to Legend is titled Prodigy, and it releases on January 29, 2013!


ON TOUR! (Feb. 15 - 26, 2012)


I'm on tour! If you live in one of the cities below, please stop by--I'd love to see you. (To recap, this is Penguin's awesome Breathless Reads tour, which will include myself and three other authors: Andrea Cremer, Beth Revis, and Jessica Spotswood!)

Wed., Feb. 15, 2012
Chicago
Anderson's Bookshop at 7:00 PM
23 West Jefferson, Naperville, IL 60540

Thurs., Feb. 16, 2012
Washington, D.C.
Bethesda Library (Politics and Prose) at 5:00 PM
7400 Arlington Rd, Bethesda, MD 20814

Fri., Feb. 17, 2012
New York City
Books of Wonder public event @ 6 PM
18 West 18th St., New York, NY 10011

Sat., Feb. 18, 2012
Philadelphia
Towne Center Book & Cafe (Collegeville, PA) at 4:00 PM
220 Plaza Drive, Suite B-3, Collegeville, PA 19426

Sun., Feb. 19, 2012
Philadelphia
Doylestown Bookshop (Doylestown, PA) at 4:00 PM
16 S Main St. Doylestown, PA 18901

Tues., Feb. 21, 2012
Atlanta
Little Shop of Stories at 7:00 PM
133A East Court Square, Decatur, Georgia 30030

Wed., Feb. 22, 2012
Houston
Blue Willow Bookshop at 7:00 PM
14532 Memorial Drive, Houston, TX 77079

Thurs., Feb. 23, 2012
Dallas
Barnes & Noble Frisco at 7:00 PM
2601 Preston Rd. Unit 1205

Fri., Feb. 24, 2012
Los Angeles
Once Upon A Time Bookstore at 7:00 PM
2207 Honolulu Ave, Montrose, CA 91020

Sat., Feb. 25, 2012
Los Angeles
Passion and Prose event @ Westin Long Beach, ~12:00-2:00PM (TBA)
333 E Ocean Blvd, Long Beach, CA 90802

Hope to see you at one of these events!


December 13, 2011


Holy CRAP--where has the time gone? Sorry for my absence! Launch week for Legend was a whirlwind of excitement and I am so extremely grateful to everyone for all the amazing Legend support! Let's see if I can do a quick round-up of what's happened since the last update:

1) The New York Times ran an amazing review of Legend!

2) Mysterious Galaxy (Redondo Beach) hosted a fabulous launch party for Legend, and the lovely Dianne Garcia from LA Weekly covered the event!

3) The lovely gals at Defective Geeks did an awesome coverage for Legend!

4) MTV.com covered Legend in an interview here!

5) Interview with Entertainment Weekly!

6) The Fab Life (VH1) covers Legend here!

And thank you all once again for an absolutely fantastic and exciting launch week! I'm absolutely thrilled to pieces.


November 16, 2011


There are now less than two weeks before Legend's launch on Nov. 29! And I have an event that I'd love for you to come to:

What: Legend's official launch party event!
Where: Mysterious Galaxy Bookstore, 2810 Artesia Blvd, Redondo Beach, CA
When: Thursday, Dec. 1st from 7:30pm - 8:30pm

If you happen to be in or near the Los Angeles area during that time on Dec. 1st, I would absolutely love to see you!


October 15, 2011


Legend has gotten starred reviews from FIVE places now: Publisher's Weekly, Kirkus Reviews, VOYA, Library Media Connection, and Booklist! Wow, huge thanks to all--I am so honored and thrilled!


August 1, 2011


More excitement after the USA Today article--today, the Wall Street Journal (!!!) has two articles about Legend! One is online, and the other is in their print edition:

Online: ‘Twilight’ Producers, Penguin Are Betting on ‘Legend’

2nd article (requires WSJ subscription): Penguin Puts Marketing Muscle Behind 'Legend,' a Dystopian Debut

In other news, I've added new art to the Media section, and started a Fan Art section there as well, with 2 gorgeous pieces of fan art to start!


July 19, 2011


I'm so excited by this! USA Today has run an article featuring Legend, Legend's first three chapters, and finally, Legend's official book trailer!!

To see all these goodies, go see the article!


June 2, 2011


CBS Films and Temple Hill have tapped screenwriters Andrew Barrer and Gabe Ferrari to adapt Legend!

Hollywood Reporter: "CBS Films Taps Writers to Adapt 'Legend' Novel"


May 12, 2011


CBS Films and Temple Hill have attached director Jonathan Levine to Legend! Woot--this guy is directing Warm Bodies, a zombie drama/romance, which is all kinds of awesome. :D

New York Magazine: "Twilight Producers Find a Director for Their Next Trilogy"


April 27, 2011


It's official, guys! Legend has a cover and an official landing page: Legend the Series! Check it:




February 4, 2011


LEGEND's movie rights have sold to CBS Films in a pre-emptive bid, with Twilight producers Wyck Godfrey and Marty Bowen to produce! Publishers Marketplace announcement and Article Links are below.

From Publishers Marketplace:

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FILM RIGHTS
Marie Lu's LEGEND, set in the flooded Republic of Los Angeles 2130 A.D., about a boy who is the Republic's most wanted criminal and a girl who is the Republic's most beloved government prodigy whose paths cross when her brother is murdered and she is hired to hunt down the boy responsible -- but the truth they uncover will become legend, optioned to CBS Films with Temple Hill producers Marty Bowen and Wyck Godfrey (The Twilight Saga, Dear John), in a major deal, by Kassie Evashevski at UTA on behalf of Kristin Nelson at Nelson Literary Agency.
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Deadline Hollywood: "CBS Films Makes Franchise Play With Marie Lu Novel 'Legend'"

Variety: "CBS Films Acquires 'Legend' Rights"

PR Newswire: "CBS Films Acquires Marie Lu's Forthcoming Novel Legend"

BSCReview: "Marie Lu's 'Legend' Headed to Theaters"


October 1, 2010


So I was digging through some of my old files, and I stumbled across this ugly rock of memorabilia. :) I found the very, very first completed novel manuscript I ever wrote, a 160,000-word fantasy called The Wings of Heaven. (In thinking back, I don't know why I named it The Wings of Heaven, since the story had absolutely nothing to do with wings from Heaven.) I wrote it when I was 14-15 years old, and I am so amused by it that I thought I'd post the very first chapter of it here. Could I have used any more adjectives to describe a man's eyes? No, I don't think so. See, folks? Nothing cures horrendous writing like practice .... or in my case, the end of my teenage years.


September 7, 2010


A new teaser trailer for LEGEND is now under the Media section!


September 7, 2010


It's finally official! Here is the news of LEGEND's sale to Putnam Children's [Penguin Group USA] in Publisher's Marketplace and Publisher's Weekly:

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FICTION: YOUNG ADULT
Flash media and online game artist Marie Lu's debut LEGEND trilogy, set in the flooded Republic of Los Angeles 2130 A.D., about a boy who is the Republic's most wanted criminal and a girl who is the Republic's most beloved government prodigy whose paths cross when her brother is murdered and she is hired to hunt down the boy responsible -- but the truth they uncover will become legend, to Jen Besser at Putnam Children's [Penguin Group], in a major deal, at auction, for fall 2011 publication, by Kristin Nelson at Nelson Literary Agency (World). query@nelsonagency.com
UK & Foreign: helen.boomer@us.penguingroup.com
Film: EvashevskiK@unitedtalent.com

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Putnam Kids Invests in Facebook Game Designer
Jennifer Besser at G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers [Penguin Group] bought world rights, in a three-book deal, to the debut dystopian novel by Marie Lu, Legend. Lu works as an art director for a Los Angeles video game company (note: actually the company is in Austin but that's ok :) ), and the book is built around the world she created for a Facebook game, also called Legend, that currently has over 13,000 subscribers. The book is set in 2130 in a Los Angeles that has been submerged by flooding. A girl who is a prodigy being groomed for government work meets a boy who is one of the state's most-wanted criminals. The main characters' love story—she's tasked with finding his brother's killer—is based loosely on Les Misérables. Legend, which is scheduled for December 2011, is the first book in a planned trilogy; Kristin Nelson at Nelson Literary brokered the deal, and Kassie Evashevski at UTA is handling film rights.
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