Cat Valente is attending MarsCon this weekend as a Guest of Honor alongside Seanan McGuire. If you are also planning on attending MarsCon – or live within driving distance of Williamsburg, VA and now want to go – here’s where you can expect to find Cat during the con.

FRIDAY
9 PM • Room L • Fairies Kidnap Children and Other Common Beliefs
S.A. Hunter (Mod), Meredith Dillman, H.J. Harding, Monica Marier, Catherynne Valente
Exactly what the title says; panelists will discuss the general beliefs surrounding fairies.

SATURDAY
12 PM • Room 6 • Tis the Season for Krampus and Other Darker Fairy Tales
Lilith Lore (Mod), Alex Matsuo, Madame Onça, Catherynne Valente
It’s still winter, which means it’s still the darkest time of the year, when Krampus and other darker stories rear their heads to delight and scare our hearts and minds.

1 PM • Large Auditorium • Conversations with Seanan and Cat
Seanan McGuire, Catherynne Valente
Our Guests of Honor will take questions posed to each other and directly from the audience. Come meet them!

2 PM • Large Auditorium • Guests of Honor Book Signings
Seanan McGuire, Catherynne Valente
Bring your books to have signed by the author Guests of Honor!

6 PM • Room 6 • Catherynne Valente Reading
Catherynne Valente

SUNDAY
11 AM • Room 7 • Seelie and Unseelie
Tera Fulbright (Mod), Noblesse Oblige Cosplay, Monica Marier, Catherynne Valente
What makes the Seelie and Unseelie so mysterious, and what are their similarities and differences?

Will you be at MarsCon 2019? Be sure to attend one of Cat’s events and say hi to her and the Wilde Childe!

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Last month, we invited you to discover the Kingdom of Prester John all over again with the release of The Habitation of the Blessed on Kindle – and now Almanack Productions invites you to read deeper still. The further trials of Prester John and his people are chronicled in Catherynne M. Valente’s The Folded World, now available on Amazon for your Kindle app or device.

The Folded World was originally published just over 7 years ago in November of 2011, and is the second installment of her A Dirge for Prester John series:

When the mysterious daughter of Prester John appears on the doorstep of her father”s palace, she brings with her news of war in the West – the Crusades have begun, and the bodies of the faithful are washing up on the shores of Pentexore. Three narratives intertwine to tell the tale of the beginning of the end of the world: a younger, angrier Hagia, the blemmye-wife of John and Queen of Pentexore, who takes up arms with the rest of her nation to fight a war they barely understand; Vyala, a lion-philosopher entrusted with the care of the deformed and prophetic royal princess; and another John, John Mandeville, who in his many travels discovers the land of Pentexore – on the other side of the diamond wall meant to keep demons and monsters at bay. These three voices weave a story of death, faith, beauty, and power, dancing in the margins of true history, illuminating a place that never was.

You can purchase The Folded World for only $4.99 through Amazon.

If you enjoy this strange and singular tale, please help its success by leaving a review on Amazon. Even a simple one-sentence review will encourage more readers to share in the glory of rare medieval intricacy.

Thank you to everyone who reads, shares, and reviews – you make these books thrive. And don’t miss upcoming news for the third and final installment of A Dirge for Prester John: The Spindle for Necessity will appear on Kickstarter in the New Year!

Note: using Amazon purchase links through our site will result in a small kick-back to us from the sale.

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Are you a fan of The Refrigerator Monologues?

We’re delighted to announce that you’ll be able to experience the stories told by the Hell Hath Club on your television – Shauna Cross (who wrote Whip It) is adapting The Refrigerator Monologues for Amazon Studios – the forthcoming show from Entertainment One and Grey Matter Entertainment will be called Deadtown. To say we can’t wait is an understatement!

Straight from The Hollywood Reporter

The Refrigerator Monologues centers on five women who die after crossing paths with male superheroes — or, rather, they’re “fridged,” killed as a plot device to offer motivation to the hero. The five meet in a purgatory called Deadtown and decide to reclaim control of their own stories, discovering their own powers in the process.

Where fellow streamer Netflix went big early on superhero shows with a big deal with Marvel — one that has subsequently shrunk — Amazon has thus far only dipped its toes into comic book-based fare. It aired one season of The Tick (and ordered a second) and has two new shows, The Boys and the animated Invincible, on tap for 2019.

None of its superhero efforts thus far have centered on women. Given that Amazon Studios head Jennifer Salke’s stated goals is to make shows that women “can’t stop talking about,” a superhero franchise fronted by women makes some sense.

We’ll keep you up to date on Deadtown‘s development as we are able! In the meantime, which stories are you most invested in seeing on screen?

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It’s that time of the year, everyone! Time for all authors and creatives to post their lists of eligible works as we head into the SFF awards season. Read on for information about various SFF awards and then Cat’s list of eligible works. There has been so much fantastic work published this year, and Cat is delighted to have several books, short stories, and even a novelette to submit for your consideration.

Nebula Awards
If you’re a member of the SFWA (any type), you can nominate a work for the Nebula Awards right now. The deadline for nominations is February 15, 2019 at 11:59 PM PST.

Hugo Awards
Nominations for the Hugo Awards aren’t open yet, but they will be early in 2019. In order to nominate and vote in the awards, you must be an attending or supporting member of Worldcon 76 (last year’s), Worldcon 77 (this year’s), or Worldcon 78 (next year’s).

World Fantasy Awards
Attendees of the World Fantasy Convention can nominate works to be considered for the World Fantasy Award, but you’ll need to contact them for details on the process.

Mythopoeic Awards
If you’re a member of the Mythopoeic Society, you can nominate works to be considered for the Mythopoeic Awards, which include awards for adult literature, children’s literature and more that exemplify the spirit of the Inklings (a group of writers including J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis).

AND CATHERYNNE M. VALENTE’S ELIGIBLE WORKS ARE:

Novel

Space Opera (Saga Press)
Mass Effect: Annihilation (Titan Books)

Collection (a World Fantasy Award category)

The Future is Blue (Subterranean Press)

Novelette

Flame, Pearl, Mother, Autumn, Virgin, Sword, Kiss, Blood, Heart, and Grave (in The Future is Blue, Subterranean Press)

Short Story

A Fall Counts Anywhere (in Robots v. Fairies, Saga Press)

Major Tom (in The Future is Blue, Subterranean Press)

Two and Two is Seven (in The Future is Blue, Subterranean Press)

Thanks for your consideration, everyone! Remember: nominate early, vote often, and read always.

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Discover the Kingdom of Prester John all over again with the latest release from Almanack Productions – Catherynne M. Valente’s lush and strange The Habitation of the Blessed is now available on Amazon for your Kindle app or device.

The Habitation of the Blessed was originally released just over eight years ago in October of 2010, following her short story “A Dirge for Prester John” published in the 2007 Interstitial Arts Foundation’s anthology Interfictions. This novel is the first installment of her A Dirge for Prester John series:

This is the story of a place that never was: the kingdom of Prester John, the utopia described by an anonymous, twelfth-century document which captured the imagination of the medieval world and drove hundreds of lost souls to seek out its secrets, inspiring explorers, missionaries, and kings for centuries. But what if it were all true? What if there was such a place, and a poor, broken priest once stumbled past its borders, discovering, not a Christian paradise, but a country where everything is possible, immortality is easily had, and the Western world is nothing but a dim and distant dream?

Brother Hiob of Luzerne, on missionary work in the Himalayan wilderness on the eve of the eighteenth century, discovers a village guarding a miraculous tree whose branches sprout books instead of fruit. These strange books chronicle the history of the kingdom of Prester John, and Hiob becomes obsessed with the tales they tell. The Habitation of the Blessed recounts the fragmented narratives found within these living volumes, revealing the life of a priest named John, and his rise to power in this country of impossible richness. John’s tale weaves together with the confessions of his wife Hagia, a blemmye–a headless creature who carried her face on her chest–as well as the tender, jeweled nursery stories of Imtithal, nanny to the royal family. Hugo and World Fantasy award nominee Catherynne M. Valente reimagines the legends of Prester John in this stunning tour de force.

You can purchase The Habitation of the Blessed for only $4.99 through Amazon.

If you love this rich and redolent tale, please help its success by leaving a review on Amazon. You may have reviewed it on a previous listing, and we hope you’ll share your thoughts again. Even a simple one-sentence review will encourage more readers to share in the glory of this medieval fever dream.

Thank you to everyone who reads, shares, and review – we hope you enjoy.

Note: using Amazon purchase links through our site will result in a small kick-back to us from the sale.

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