Cat is currently in France, where she’s enjoying fine French carbohydrates and participating in local Eurovision excitement! While fine perks indeed, that’s not why she’s there – she’s attending Les Imaginales in Épinal, France as a Guest of Honor from May 18th – 21st.

She looks forward to meeting friends, fans, and colleagues from France and beyond during the festival! Here’s her official schedule and where you might most easily find her:

THURSDAY, MAY 18

Coup d’envoi des Imaginales (Kickoff)
Magic Mirrors 1 | 10:00 – 11:00

Les personnages d’abord ! (Characters First)
Magic Mirrors 1 | 14:00 – 15:00
comment faire vivre une histoire ?
(How to make a story live?)

FRIDAY, MAY 19

Déjeuner avec Catherynne M. Valente  (Lunch with CMV)
Déjeuner 2 | 12:30
By reservation only.

Entretien avec … Catherynne M. Valente (Interview with CMV)
Magic Mirrors 2 | 15:00 – 16:00

SATURDAY, MAY 20

Auteurs et romans atypiques… (Authors and Atypical Novels)
Magic Mirrors 3 | 18:00-19:00
Ah, les belles découvertes ! (Ah, the beautiful discoveries!)

SUNDAY, MAY 21

Créateurs de mondes… (Creators of Worlds)
Magic Mirrors 1 | 17:00 – 18:00
Monde de créateurs ! (World of creators!)

You can also find a PDF of the full schedule here.

(If there are any mistakes in the English translations, the Lab’s Intermittent Technospirit begs you pardon her French. She did her best!)

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Today is International Women’s Day. Today, we commemorate the movement for women’s rights and bring awareness to the ongoing struggle for those rights – globally, nationally, personally.

Cat is honored to raise her voice as a part of Tor.com’s Nevertheless She Persisted anthology, an online series of flashfiction written by some of the best writers today in SF/F. Here’s what Tor.com had to say:

“Nevertheless She Persisted” has become a galvanizing cry for people of all genders in recognition of the struggles that women have faced throughout history.

This sci-fi/fantasy flash fiction collection features sharing unique visions of women inventing, playing, loving, surviving, and – of course – dreaming of themselves beyond their circumstances.

In this amazing collection, you will find “The Ordinary Woman and the Unquiet Emperor” by Catherynne M. Valente – and maybe too much reality for comfort. Discomfort is okay. Discomfort reminds us to fight.

Read it now, and then read all the other marvelous tales from Seanan McGuire, Alyssa Wong, Amal El-Mohtar, Nisi Shawl, and more.

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We’re excited to announce that Cat is now a Patreon creator, offering you exclusive content and goodies via Patreon’s flexible crowdfunding platform!

As our resident Mad Fiction Scientist puts it on her landing page, “… I want to put more fiction into the world. And I don’t just mean my own fiction. I want to help you guys write awesome books and stunning stories!”

Cat’s doing this by offering professional writing advice every month – in the form of comedic essays on the craft and business of writing. You’ll learn about characterization, dialogue, how to get a writing agent, and so much more. Beyond signing up to receive these exclusive Cat Valente essays, there are plenty of additional fantastic benefits you can score: sneak peeks at Cat’s works-in-progress, personal Skype calls, virtual writing dates, Tuckerizations, acknowledgements, and – well, see for yourself:

To get involved with Cat’s latest project and to support her work directly, just head over to Patreon: you can sign up for recurring donations, get access to the patron-only stream, interact with the Mad Fiction Scientist herself, and edit your pledge at any time. And remember: your support means the world to Cat, especially in these trying times. You get huge thanks from everyone at the lab, and we promise it’s pathogen-free. (Probably.)

Hurry on over! The Mad Fiction Laboratory awaits!

And, please – do hit the share buttons and spread the Patreon page on Twitter, Facebook, and your other social media platforms of choice. The Laboratory Denizens appreciate all you do!

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In case you missed it, we’re excited to announce CMV’s forthcoming book, The Refrigerator Monologues. Cat wrote an introductory meditation on the project over at The Mary Sue, which you should absolutely check out for insight into this fierce takedown and ruthless interrogation of the point and place of women in superhero comics:

It all started because The Amazing Spider-Man 2 pissed me off.

Oh, I know it pissed everyone off for one reason or another. But when something pisses me off badly enough, I throw art in its face. And after Spider-Man, I walked out of the theater in actual, real life tears, and not the single tear flowing down a single cheek in mourning for the passing of the elegance of the world or something—big sobs like a big baby.

Let me explain.

Click this link to keep reading “The Refrigerator Strikes Back: The Refrigerator Monologues” at The Mary Sue.

The Refrigerator Monologues owes a particular debt to Gail Simone, who coined the termWomen in Refrigerators.” The book is dedicated to her.

Caught your interest yet? Read on for Saga Press’s description:

The lives of six female superheroes and the girlfriends of superheroes. A ferocious riff on women in superhero comics.

From the New York Times bestselling author Catherynne Valente comes a series of linked stories from the points of view of the wives and girlfriends of superheroes, female heroes, and anyone who’s ever been “refrigerated”: comic book women who are killed, raped, brainwashed, driven mad, disabled, or had their powers taken so that a male superhero’s storyline will progress.

In an entirely new and original superhero universe, Valente subversively explores these ideas and themes in the superhero genre, treating them with the same love, gravity, and humor as her fairy tales. After all, superheroes are our new fairy tales and these six women have their own stories to share.

The Refrigerator Monologues will be released on June 6, 2017. Pre-order it now from your favorite retailer! 

IndieBound | Barnes & Noble | Amazon | Powell’s

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Happy New Year, all, and welcome to Awards Season! It’s that time when every author should share what they’ve written that’s eligible for any of the SFF genre’s awards – there are so many great stories being shared every year, and it can be hard to remember them all. These eligibility posts are welcome reminders, and don’t let anyone tell you differently.

For those in the SFWA, Nebula Awards nominations are open until February 15th. The Hugo Award nominations should open soon, any you can nominate if you were or are a member of the 2016, 2017, or 2018 Worldcons. The rules for nominating for the World Fantasy Award should be similar, but you might want to check with the World Fantasy Convention.

Here’s what I wrote that’s eligible this year:

NOVEL

The Girl Who Raced Fairyland All the Way Home (Feiwel and Friends)

NOVELETTE

The Future Is Blue (in Drowned Worlds: Tales from the Anthropocene and Beyond)

The Limitless Perspective of Master Peek, or, the Luminescence of Debauchery (in Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Issue 200)

Snow Day (in Uncanny Magazine, Issue 11)

SHORT STORY

Badgirl, the Deadman, and the Wheel of Fortune (in The Starlit Wood: New Fairy Tales)

The Beasts Who Fought for Fairyland Until the Very End and Further Still

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

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