The world is a very much different place than it was a month ago. We are all trying to adapt and survive. For writers, we face a volatile industry that is sure to contract, all the uncertainty that usually accompanies freelancer life multiplied several times, and the cancellation of almost all our public events, great and small, for the next year at least.

I am trying to find ways to connect with my readers while we’re all stuck at home. My Patreon is very active, and all are welcome there. Via Patreon, I do YouTube livestreams as well. I am obviously always accessible on Twitter, and I’m trying to be more active on Instagram, despite being more of a word-girl than a photo-girl. And I’ve recently signed up for Cameo, where I can make short videos for you and your loved ones for happy days and sad ones.

Please come and find me in these places. Now is the time of cliches, but finding each other online has always been a particular talent of the geek world, and I know we can do it now as we have done for the last couple of decades. I don’t know what the world will look like when this is all over, but I know we will be in it, and I hope that we will perhaps be closer.

See you in the cyberpunk dystopia.

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The Hugo Awards are coming! The ceremony will take place this Sunday evening at 8:00 PM in Dublin, and Cat is on the ballot for Best Novel with Space Opera. We’re proud as can be that the community of readers who nominate and vote in the Hugos each year consider this rollicking and strange Eurovision-in-space novel a contender.

(Would you like the chance to nominate and vote in the Hugos next year? Any attendee of Worldcon 2018, 2019, or 2020 will have that opportunity. Supporting memberships get you voting rights as well!)

Cat also has the distinct pleasure of attending Worldcon this year in Dublin. If you will also be there, here’s where you can find her:

FRIDAY

10:30 – 11:20 AM • Mezzanine
Autographs: Catherynne Valente
In the Mezzanine at the Signing space (Point Square Dublin).

4:30 PM – 4:50 PM • Liffey Room-3 (CCD)
Reading: Catherynne Valente
(Readings)

SATURDAY

10:00 AM – 10:50 AM • Wicklow Room-3 (CCD)
Revolutions in an era of advanced technology
Panel: How do revolutions (e.g. overthrowing government) occur in an era of advanced technologies? Are orderly regime changes jeopardised with growing asymmetries in weaponry, surveillance, and political power? Are current political processes up to the challenge?

1:00 PM – 1:50 PM • Level 3 Foyer (KK/LB) (CCD)
Kaffeeklatsch: Catherynne Valente

2:00 PM – 2:50 PM • Wicklow Hall-1 (CCD)
Young adults versus… the world!

Panel: YA characters face so many challenges. They not only have to deal with all the drama that life, society, and their traitorous ‘developing’ bodies can throw at them, they also have to save the world and be home for dinner. What does it take for a teen to survive the dangers of a YA novel – including the whims of a capricious author who keeps placing them in the path of real danger?

9:00 PM – 9:50 PM • Wicklow Hall 2B (CCD)
Panel Show: ‘That was unexpected!’

Quiz/Gameshow: Ever wanted to know what your favourite fantasy novelist would do if they were suddenly turned into a witch’s familiar? Or how a popular sci-fi writer would communicate with an alien race that only speaks in bad puns? Watch a team of esteemed writers talk their way out of the kinds of problems they’re accustomed to writing their characters out of, and some that they would never have imagined.

SUNDAY

10:00 AM – 10:50 AM • Second Stage (Liffey-B) (CCD)
What I read when I was young

Panel: The books we read in childhood often have a lasting influence. In this panel, finalists for the Hugo Award for Best Novel discuss the books that had a profound effect on the people they became. How did these works change them? Was this influence a good or a bad one? Is there a book they think everyone should read at least once in their life?

Happy Hugos weekend, everyone!

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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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