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Bolles Alumna’s “Lightlark” Picked Up by Universal


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Per the Hollywood Reporter, Universal has preemptively landed the rights to the upcoming fantasy novel “Lightlark,” penned by Bolles Alumna Alexandra Pierson ‘13 under the nom de plume Alex Aster. Universal will develop the project in partnership with Temple Hill, and Aster is set to executive produce.

“Lightlark” hits bookshelves on August 23 and will be published in more than 30 countries worldwide. The novel takes place on the fictional island of Lightlark, which appears every 100 years to host the Centennial – a deadly game that only the rulers of six realms are invited to play as they fight to break their deadly curses.

Aster is a New York City-based, award-winning fiction author and digital creator whose big break came after she started a TikTok account and began marketing “Lightlark.” A teaser video for the book “racked up 1.2 million views, 278,000 likes and more than 7,000 comments – and scored Aster a six-figure book deal with Amulet Books,” according to an article on Her books “Curse of the Night Witch” and “Lightlark” received a Kirkus Star. “Curse of the Night Witch” was listed as one of Amazon’s best children’s books of 2020.

Aster shared her story of becoming a published author with Tim Creter’s English students during a virtual presentation on the Bolles Middle School Campus in November 2021. She took students through her 10-year quest to become a represented and published author – a journey that began when she herself was a student in Creter’s class.

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