Marie Lu

Thursday, September 30, 5:30 pm Central   

One of YA’s most iconic powerhouses joins Rain Taxi’s TCBF to celebrate the conclusion of her Skyhunter Duology! 

Marie Lu has been one of the biggest names in YA speculative fiction for a full decade, and the hits just keep on coming! In Lu’s latest sure-to-be-a-bestseller, Steelstriker (Roaring Brook Press), explosive action and swoon-worthy suspense collide in the story of a world broken by war, showcasing Lu’s trademark skills for cinematic excitement and thematic depth. At this special event, Marie Lu will be in conversation with writer, anti-racism activist, and former Minneapolis mayor Betsy Hodges, a longtime fan of dystopian YA fiction in general and Marie Lu’s work in particular. Come join us for a riveting exploration of how fiction can advance the fight for freedom! This event will be ASL interpreted.

Free to attend, registration required. We hope to “see” you there!

A copy of the book, which includes a bookplate SIGNED by Marie Lu, can be purchased in advance using the button below!  Books are provided by Red Balloon Bookshop in St. Paul, MN; purchasing Steelstriker here helps support them AND Rain Taxi’s Twin Cities Book Festival—thank you!

Pick Up Steelstriker

Price: $21

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Price: $24

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About the Author:

Marie Lu is the #1 New York Times–bestselling author of the Legend series, The Young Elites trilogy, the Warcross series. the Skyhunter series, Batman: Nightwalker, and The Kingdom of Back. She graduated from the University of Southern California and jumped into the video game industry, where she worked as an artist. Now a full-time writer, she spends her spare hours reading, drawing, playing games, and getting stuck in traffic. She lives in the traffic-jam capital, Los Angeles, with her illustrator/author husband, Primo Gallanosa, and their son.

Betsy Hodges was the 47th mayor of Minneapolis, MN and is currently an anti-racism consultant and writer. She has decades of experience in politics at every level, and has held fellowships at the Atlantic Fellowship for Racial Equity and the Harvard Kennedy School Institute on Politics, among others. Learn more at