Catherynne M. Valente
|Catherynne M. Valente|
|Born||Bethany L. Thomas
May 5, 1979
|Occupation||Poet, novelist, literary critic|
|Alma mater||UC San Diego, Edinburgh University|
|Genre||Postmodern, fantasy, mythpunk|
|Notable awards||James Tiptree, Jr. Award (2006), storySouth Million Writers Award (2007), Rhysling Award (2007), Mythopoeic Award (2008), Andre Norton Award (2009)|
Catherynne M. Valente (born Bethany Thomas, May 5, 1979) is an American fiction writer, poet, and literary critic. For her speculative fiction novels she has won the annual James Tiptree, Andre Norton, and Mythopoeic Fantasy Awards. Her short fiction has appeared in Clarkesworld Magazine, the World Fantasy Award–winning anthologies Salon Fantastique and Paper Cities, along with numerous Year's Best volumes. Her critical work has appeared in the International Journal of the Humanities under the name Bethany L. Thomas as well as in numerous essay collections.
Catherynne M. Valente's novels have been nominated for Hugo, World Fantasy, and Locus awards. Her 2009 book, Palimpsest, won the Lambda Award for GLBT Science Fiction or Fantasy. Her two-volume series The Orphan's Tales won the 2008 Mythopoeic Award, and its first volume, The Orphan's Tales: In the Night Garden won the 2006 James Tiptree, Jr. Award, was nominated for the 2007 World Fantasy Award. In 2012, Valente's work won 3 Locus Awards: Best Novelette (White Lines on a Green Field), Best Novella (Silently and Very Fast) and Best YA Novel (The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making).
In 2011, her children's novel, The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making debuted at #8 on the New York Times Best Seller List. Its sequel, The Girl Who Fell Beneath Fairyland and Led the Revels There, featured at #5 on Time Magazine’s Best Fiction of 2012 list.
She is a regular panelist on the multiple Hugo Award winning podcast SF Squeecast.
Multimedia and mythpunk
Valente tours regularly both in America and abroad. She occasionally performs with singer/songwriter SJ Tucker, who along with her own varied discography composes albums based on Valente's work. The pair perform reading concerts throughout North America, often featuring dancers, aerial artists, art auctions featuring jewelry and paintings based on the novels, and other performances.
Valente is extremely active in the crowdfunding movement of online artists, and her novel The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making was the first online, crowdfunded book to win a major literary award before traditional publication.
- The Labyrinth (2004)
- The Ice Puzzle (2004)
- Yume No Hon: The Book of Dreams (2005)
- The Grass-Cutting Sword (2006)
- Palimpsest (2009)
- Deathless (2011)
- Silently and Very Fast (2011)
- Six-Gun Snow White (2013)
- The Orphan's Tales
- The Orphan's Tales: In the Night Garden (vol. 1) (Oct 2006)
- Book of the Steppe
- Book of the Sea
- The Orphan's Tales: In the Cities of Coin and Spice (vol. 2) (Oct 2007)
- Book of the Storm
- Book of the Scald
- A Dirge for Prester John
Published by Night Shade Books:
- The Habitation of the Blessed (2010)
- The Folded World (2011)
Published by Feiwel & Friends:
- Prequel: The Girl Who Ruled Fairyland—For a Little While (2011)
- The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making (2011)
- The Girl Who Fell Beneath Fairyland and Led the Revels There (2012)
- The Girl Who Soared Over Fairyland and Cut the Moon in Two (2013)
- Music of a Proto-Suicide (2004)
- Apocrypha (2005)
- Oracles: A Pilgrimage (2006)
- The Descent of Inanna (2006)
- A Guide to Folktales in Fragile Dialects (May 2008)
- Introduction to Jane Eyre (Illustrated) (2007)
- "Regeneration X" in Chicks Dig Time Lords (2010)
- Indistinguishable from Magic (2014)
- "The Oracle Alone" Music of a Proto-Suicide (2004)
- "Ghosts of Gunkanjima" Papaveria Press (2005)
- "The Maiden-Tree" Cabinet des Fees (2005)
- "Bones Like Black Sugar" Fantasy Magazine (2005)
- "Psalm of the Second Body" PEN Book of Voices (2005)
- "Ascent Is Not Allowed" The Minotaur in Pamplona (2005)
- "Thread: A Triptych" Lone Star Stories (2006)
- "Urchins, While Swimming" Clarkesworld Magazine (2006)
- "Milk and Apples" Electric Velocipede (2006)
- "Temnaya and the House of Books" Mythic (2006)
- "A Grey and Soundless Tide" Salon Fantastique (2006)
- "A Dirge For Prester John" INTERFICTIONS (2007)
- "The Ballad of the Sinister Mr. Mouth" Lone Star Stories (2007)
- "La Serenissima" Endicott Studio (2007)
- "The Proslogium of the Great Lakes" Farrago's Wainscot (2007)
- "A Buyer's Guide to Maps of Antarctica" Clarkesworld Magazine (2008)
- "Tales of Beaty and Strangeness: City of Blind Delights" Clockwork Phoenix (2008)
- "The Hanged Man" Farrago's Wainscot (2008)
- "An Anthology of Urban Fantasy: Palimpsest" Paper Cities, ed. Ekaterina Sedia (2008)
- "The Harpooner at the Bottom of the World" Spectra Pulse Magazine (2008)
- "Golubash, or, Wine-War-Blood-Elegy" Federations (2009)
- "The Secret History of Mirrors" Clockwork Phoenix 2 (2009)
- "A Book of Villainous Tales:A Delicate Architecture" Troll's Eye View (2009)
- "The Radiant Car Thy Sparrows Drew" Clarkesworld Magazine (2009)
- "The Anachronist's Cookbook" Steampunk Tales (2009)
- "A Between Books Anthology:Proverbs of Hell" The Stories in Between (2010)
- "The Days of Flaming Motorcycles" Dark Faith (2010)
- "Secretario" Weird Tales (2010)
- "Thirteen Ways of Looking at Space/Time" Clarkesworld Magazine (2010)
- "How to Become a Mars Overlord" Lightspeed Magazine (2010)
- "15 Panels Depicting the Sadness of the Baku and the Jotai" Haunted Legends (2010)
- "In the Future When All's Well" Teeth (2011)
- "A Voice Like a Hole" Welcome to Bordertown (2011)
- "The Wolves of Brooklyn" Fantasy Magazine (2011)
- "The Girl Who Ruled Fairyland—For a Little While" Tor.com (2011)
- "White Lines on a Green Field" Subterranean Magazine (2011)
- This Is My Letter to the World: The Omikuji Project, Cycle One  (2010)
- Ventriloquism (2010)
- Myths of Origin, Omnibus collection containing The Labyrinth, Yume No Hon: The Book of Dreams, The Grass-Cutting Sword, and Under in the Mere (2011)
- The Melancholy of Mechagirl
- The Bread We Eat in Dreams (2013)
- Thomas, Lynne M. (March 20, 2009). "Hugos, Catherynne Valente Archives, and CLIR Reports". Confessions of a Curator. Retrieved 2009-03-21.
- A Rose in Twelve Names . Retrieved on 2010-08-26
- Valente, Catherynne M. (July 27, 2011). "The Girl Who Ruled Fairyland – For a Little While by Catherynne M. Valente". Tor.com. Retrieved February 2, 2013.
- The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making. . Retrieved on 2009-6-16.
- Omikuji Project, Cycle One – Kindle Edition . Retrieved on 2010-08-24.
- James Tiptree, Jr. Award 2006 Winners. . Retrieved on 2008-12-11.
- South 2007 Million Writers Award for Fiction. . Retrieved on 2008-12-11.
- World Fantasy Convention (2010). "Award Winners and Nominees". Retrieved February 4, 2011.
- Mythopoeic Awards – 2008. . Retrieved on 2008-12-11.
- 2009 World Fantasy Awards. . Retrieved on 2009-08-11.
- Elizabeth Donald, bnd.com (Belleville News Democrat), "CultureGeek Readers' Choice Awards," January 15, 2010, accessed January 31, 2010.
- "The 2010 Hugo and John W. Campbell Award Nominees". AussieCon 4. April 4, 2010. Retrieved April 4, 2010.
- The Hugo Awards: 2012 Hugo Award Winners September 2, 2012, Accessed September 3, 2012
- "Top 10 Fiction Books". Time Magazine. December 4, 2012. Retrieved April 25, 2013.
- Official website
- Catherynne M. Valente at the Internet Speculative Fiction Database
- 2010 Interview on the Geek's Guide to the Galaxy podcast
- Catherynne M. Valente at Library of Congress Authorities, with 10 catalog records
- Bethany L. Thomas at LC Authorities, no records