The Refrigerator Monologues has gone live, coming straight at you from the Hell Hath Club down in Deadtown! You should be able to find it wherever books are sold, or at least get your friendly neighborhood librarian (or bookseller) to order it for you. It’s also available in a variety of e-formats, since Deadtown is high tech and modernity-compliant (as is the wonderful Saga Press, an imprint of Simon & Schuster and our publisher today).

For your shopping convenience, we offer the links below:

IndieBound | Amazon | Powell’s | Barnes & Noble

Should you need more tempting, the early reviews of The Refrigerator Monologues are in and they are fantastic!

“Bestseller Valente’s dazzling new story cycle creates its own comic book universe, complete with the gorgeously wrought prose pyrotechnics that readers have come to expect from her. She’s well known for her skill at unpacking the hidden truths embedded in fairy tales and archetypes; here she turns that skill on the troubling treatment of women in comic books, a perfect fit between author and subject matter. This is Valente at her sharpest and most pointed, ably assisted by illustrations from comics artist Annie Wu (Black Canary).”

Gwenda Bond, Publishers Weekly

“Valente chooses to eschew the soothing route of ‘saving’ her heroines or even letting them save themselves. Instead, she gives them strong voices and allows them to rage, mourn, and regret. She gives them, and the reader, the chance to be furious at the common use of death and incapacitation of women as lazy plot points and reminds us that other stories are always possible.

A ruthless but absorbing and provocative reshaping of the idea that the girlfriend dies, again.”

Kirkus Reviews

 “While ‘The Refrigerator Monologues’ depends a great deal on an insider’s knowledge of comic book lore for maximum enjoyment, those readers adventurous enough to parachute into unfamiliar literary territory will be rewarded by Valente’s biting wit, outlandish world-building and well-focused sense of outrage.”

Portland Press Herald

Don’t forget, you can read Chapter 1 and a chunk of Chapter 2 at Tor.com and Entertainment Weekly respectively.

Share your thoughts on Twitter, Facebook, and other social media streams using our official hashtag: #HellHathClub

Cat will be at Pandemonium Books & Games in Cambridge, MA tonight to launch The Refrigerator Monologues and sign your books! If you’re within driving distance of Boston, come on down and say hello – she’ll be glad to see you.

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Where in the world is Catherynne M. Valente? We invite you to imagine that question sung to the tune of that Carmen Sandiego song; we certainly are. Cat has some serious travel lined up this summer, and may be coming to a city near you! Check out the following dates, which include conventions, conferences, and her book tour appearances for The Refrigerator Monologues.

May 31 – June 3
Book Expo America
New York City, NY

June 6
Pandemonium Books & Games
Cambridge, MA

June 16
Campbell Conference and Awards 2017
Lawrence, KS

June 20
Barnes & Noble – Tribeca
New York City, NY

June 21
KGB Bar
New York City, NY

June 23-25
ALA Annual Chicago
Chicago, IL

June 28
Phoenix Books
Burlington, VT

June 30 – July 2
Denver Comic Con
Denver, CO

July 11
Yankee Bookshop
Woodstock, VT

July 13-16
Readercon 28
Quincy, MA

August 4-6
Guest of Honor
MuseCon 7
Chicago, IL

You can also find these and any updated information on her Appearances page, and we’re always sure to feature her immediately upcoming 3 appearances in the sidebar.

Come on out and see Cat where you can – she’ll be delighted to meet you! You can start with her autograph session today at Table 4 at the Book Expo in New York City – Javits Center, 11:30 AM.

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ONE WEEK TO THE REFRIGERATOR MONOLOGUES! Can you tell we’re excited around here? Oh, the caps gave it away? Well, yes. The Refrigerator Monologues will be released on June 6th, and you’ll be able to find it at a bookstore near you – you can even meet Cat herself and get your book signed if you’re Boston-adjacent! Pandemonium Books & Games in Cambridge, MA, is having a launch party for The Refrigerator Monologues, and Cat will be there.

You probably knew all that already, so let’s get to the real reason for this post: instant gratification. You can start reading The Refrigerator Monologues right now, starting with the dedication (for Heath Miller and Gail Simone) and straight through Chapter 2.

Simply start at Tor.com with Chapter 1: “The Hell Hath Club.” “I’m dead. The deadest girl in Deadtown.”

Continue into Chapter 2: “Paige Embry is Dead” over at Entertainment Weekly: “Trouble is, my story is his story. The story of Kid Mercury crowds out everything else, like Christmas landing on the shops in August while Halloween tries to get a bat in edgewise. It’s not his fault. I’m not even mad.

You don’t get to read all of Chapter 2, but you do get a good chunk of it  – enough to whet your appetite for next Tuesday. Go, read, enjoy! And pick up your copy of The Refrigerator Monologues on June 6th.

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We are excited—and Cat is honored—to announce that The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making and The Girl Who Fell Beneath Fairyland and Led the Revels There have won the 2017 Grand Prix de l’Imaginaire for Roman jeunesse étranger (Foreign Youth Novel)!

The Grand Prix de l’Imaginaire awards were established in France in 1973, alongside a national science fiction convention. The first awards were given in 1974, and the Grand Prix now has the distinguished honor of being the longest-running French prize at 43 years and counting.  It is also a juried award, with the jury often consisting of French speculative fiction authors and other professionals.

Cat won’t be able to attend the award ceremony at the Maison de l’Imaginaire during the Saint-Malo Étonnants Voyageurs since she was just in France for the Les Imaginales in Épinal. However, she sends her delight and thanks for this momentous occasion!

 

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The Refrigerator Monologues will be published and released into the wild on June 6 – just over two weeks from now! To celebrate, Pandemonium Books & Games in Cambridge, MA (just across the Charles River from Boston) is throwing a launch party that Tuesday. Cat will be there to celebrate right alongside you, and admission is free! The event will be in the store’s downstairs space.

Here’s what Pandemonium has to say:

“Catherynne M. Valente’s new collection of connected novellas, The Refrigerator Monologues, with illustrations by Annie Wu, is releasing on June 6! Join the Hell Hath Club, a group of ‘fridged’ (killed off to further the storylines of male superheroes) superheroines, supervillainesses, and superhero girlfriends. Six of them share stories of their deaths, their lives, and their relationships with the male superheroes for whom they were killed.

You don’t have to be a comic book fan to enjoy this book, but comic book fans will pick up on fantastic Easter Eggs as well as connect the characters that Valente has created with their DC and Marvel counterparts.

Join us and help us launch The Refrigerator Monologues into the world! Event is free and open to the public and will be located in our downstairs space.”

If you live around Boston (or are within acceptable driving distance), put The Refrigerator Monologues Launch Party on your calendar! Come on out to Pandemonium Books & Games at 7 PM to meet Cat in person and get your book autographed. She can’t wait to share this book’s release with friends and fans!

Pandemonium has set up a Facebook event page for the launch, where you can indicate your interest and rest assured Facebook will keep you reminded of the date.

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