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The winner of the copy of LEGEND, as determined by the random number generator, is Bethany (comment #1)! Bethany, I don’t have a way to get in touch with you, so please email me ASAP with your mailing address so we can get your book to you! Congrats!
Ally: So, Marie…where are we going? ☺
Marie: We’re headed to Pasadena, California—home of the Rose Bowl!
A: Tell us why this place is important to you.
M: I first moved to Los Angeles for college, and accidentally discovered Pasadena one summer while I was interning for the South Pasadena Chamber of Commerce. Fell in love with the city, moved there after college, and stuck around ever since. Pasadena is part of the Los Angeles setting I used in LEGEND.
A: So let’s get started! What should we do in Pasadena?
M: Okay, I’m assuming we’re not here during New Year’s, because the main thing to see then would be the Rose Parade. But if this is just a normal day, the first thing a newcomer should see in Pasadena is the Huntington Library and Garden. This was originally the private art collection and estate of California railroad heir Henry E. Huntington; now, it’s a public museum showcasing his amazing collection and gorgeous grounds. Japanese Zen gardens, priceless paintings . . . it’s fun times.
A: It sounds beautiful! But now I’m hungry. Where are we going to eat?
M: Let’s head over to South Pasadena, a super cute little town that’s separate from Pasadena itself. They have a lovely outdoors-y restaurant called Firefly, with delicious scones and Devonshire cream and asparagus omelettes and shrimp n’ grits. And I’m not just saying that because the restaurant has the same name as my favorite sci-fi show.
A: Where to next?
M: Old Town Pasadena! This is a pretty and bustling outdoor shopping/eating area on Colorado Boulevard, Pasadena’s main street. It’s been around for over a hundred years, and many of the buildings still have a lovely, vintage look.
A: I’m hungry again (I know, it’s like you’re on a trip with a small child.) Any other ideas about where/what we could eat?
M: That’s okay, I’m like a small child. I could eat nonstop all day. Since we’re in Old Pas, let’s grab a bite at redwhite+bluezz—delicious cheese platters and charcuterie, wine and champagne tasting flights, seared ahi, and live jazz.
For the last stop on the itinerary, if you’re up for some dessert and a night out on the town, let’s go to POP Champagne & Dessert Bar for some sweets (and more champagne, if it’s just one of those nights).
A: I’ll toast to you with ginger ale! And desserts sound fantastic!
And a few more questions/answers about Pasadena for Marie…
A: Where is the best place to write/read here?
M: For reading: In front of the South Pasadena Library. On a cool, sunny day, nothing’s better than bringing a picnic blanket to the green lawn in front of the library and immersing yourself in a good book.
For writing: I do most of my writing at home, but sometimes I’ll hang out at the Zephyr coffee shop and café. Awesome coffee, cute atmosphere.
A: The best place to buy a book?
M: This one’s an obvi! Vroman’s Pasadena is the oldest and largest independent bookstore in Southern California; it has two locations, but the main Vroman’s is near the intersection of Colorado and Lake. The entire second floor is for Young Adult and children’s literature, and the store hosts some of the coolest events and signings.
A: What song always makes you think about this place?
M:The Back to the Future theme song, because parts of the movies (i.e. a bunch of the suburban houses you see, like Doc’s home and Marty’s mom’s home, etc) were filmed in Pasadena.
A: Thanks, Marie! I’ve never been to Pasadena and now I’d really love to go…
To enter to win a copy of Marie’s book LEGEND (which received FIVE starred reviews!) and a Breathless Reads tour poster, please leave a (just one!) comment on this post by midnight (MST) February 16th. This giveaway is open to US/Canada only. Thanks again to Penguin Teen for sponsoring and for providing the books and posters!