Author Catherynne M. Valente Discusses Her Best-Selling Girl Novels
October 15, 2012
Catherynne M. Valente's 2011 book for young people, the New York Times best seller The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making, was a fantasy embraced both by children and adults.
Now Valente introduces her just-published followup volume, The Girl Who Fell Beneath Fairyland and Led the Revels There on Thursday, October 18, 2012 at 6:30 p.m. at the Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St.
The first Fairyland book originated as a web-based weekly serialization, an approach that Valante says required throwing all her comfortable writing models out the window:
"Writing a serial in real time takes a certain amount of bravado - you can't go back and change anything, and yet, if you are lucky enough to engage a week-to-week readership, your audience will respond to every chapter vociferously, pointing out everything from spelling mistakes to what they hope will happen, what you've done wrong, and what you've done right.
"You learn to write a novel all over again every time you write a new one, and that was how I learned to write a Fairyland book: quickly, without fear, and in front of everybody, leaping into the dark and hoping I could land all those triple somersaults."
Like the first book, this sequel follows September, a 12-year-old from Omaha, who is swept into a magical existence ruled by the unpredictable and fickle Marquess. The series has been compared to Alice in Wonderland and The Golden Compass.
Writer Neil Gaiman declared the first book a "glorious balancing act between modernism and the Victorian fairy tale."
Among Valante's books are The Orphan's Tales and Palimpsest. She has won the Andre Norton Award, the Mythopoeic Award, and the Million Writers Award for best web fiction.
The event is co-sponsored by the Reading Reptile.
Admission is free. A 6 p.m. reception precedes the event. RSVP online or call 816.701.3407.