Catherynne M. Valente is a New York Times Bestselling author of fantasy and science fiction novels, short stories, and poetry, including Palimpsest, the Orphan’s Tales series, Deathless, Radiance, and the crowdfunded phenomenon The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Own Making (and the four books that followed it).
She lives on a small island off the coast of Maine with her partner, two dogs, two enormous friendly cats and one less enormous, less friendly one, five chickens, a red accordion, an uncompleted master’s degree, a roomful of yarn, a spinning wheel with ulterior motives, a cupboard of jam and pickles, a bookshelf full of folktales, an industrial torch, an Oxford English Dictionary, and a DSL connection.
She has won or been nominated for every major award in her field: the Hugo (2010, 2012, 2013, 2014), Nebula (2013 & 2014), Locus (2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014) and World Fantasy Awards (2007, 2009, 2011, 2014). In the Night Garden won the James Tiptree, Jr. Literary Award for expanding gender and sexuality in SFF (2007), and the Orphan’s Tales series as a whole won the Mythopoeic Award for Adults (2008). Palimpsest won the Lambda Literary Award for LGBT fiction (2010). Her story “Urchins, While Swimming,” received the Million Writers Award for best online short fiction in 2006 and her poem The Seven Devils of Central California won the Rhysling Award in 2008. Radiance won the Romantic Times Critics Choice Award in 2015. “The Long Goodbye of Violet Wild” won the inaugural Eugie Award in 2016, while the French translation of The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making won the Prix Imaginales that same year. The French translations of both The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making and The Girl Who Fell Beneath Fairyland and Led the Revels There won the Grand Prix de l’Imaginaire (2017), while her short story “The Future is Blue” took home the 2017 Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award.
In 2010, The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making became the first self-published work to win a major literary award, winning the Andre Norton Award for YA literature before it saw print in 2011, going on to become a national bestseller. The first book of the Fairyland series also won a Locus Award for Best YA Novel. It was followed by a prequel and a sequel – a prequel novella entitled The Girl Who Ruled Fairyland – For a Little While was published by Tor.Com in 2011. The sequel, The Girl Who Fell Beneath Fairyland and Led the Revels There, was listed by TIME and NPR as one of the ten best books of 2012. The Girl Who Soared Over Fairyland and Cut the Moon in Two, the third novel, also received the Locus Award for Best YA Novel (2014). The series continued with The Boy Who Lost Fairyland, which enjoyed its cover reveal on USA Today, before concluding with The Girl Who Raced Fairyland All the Way Home – an excerpt of which was featured in Entertainment Weekly. In 2016, The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making won the Prix Imaginales for Translated International Young Adult Fantasy Fiction, while in 2017, the first two novels in the series won the Grand Prix de l’Imaginaire for Roman jeunesse étranger (Foreign Youth Novel).
In 2012 she received the Locus Award for Best Novella (Silently and Very Fast), Best Novelette (White Lines On A Green Field) and Best YA Novel (The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making). In 2014, she received the award for Best YA Novel (The Girl Who Soared Over Fairyland and Cut the Moon in Two) and Best Novella (Six-Gun Snow White). Her novels and short stories have been published in twenty-seven countries.
As part of the SF Squeecast, she won the Hugo for Best Fancast in 2012 and 2013, and as the editor of Apex Magazine, she was nominated in 2012. She was nominated for the Hugo and Nebula awards for her dystopian novelette Fade to White in 2013, and her Western novella Six-Gun Snow White in 2014.
Her 2011 adult novel, Deathless, has sold film rights to the premier Russian filmmaker Aleksander Rodnyansky.
Radiance, a decopunk science fiction novel, is her latest work for adults and was released in 2015. It appeared on the Honor List for the 2015 James Tiptree, Jr. Literary Award, and was highlighted by Entertainment Weekly in a “5 out-of-this-world tales to read” list. RT Book Reviews awarded Radiance their Romantic Times’ Critics Choice Award for Science Fiction Novel in 2015.
In 2017, she’s looking forward to releasing The Refrigerator Monologues, inspired by Gail Simone’s work on Women in Refrigerators: due to be published in June, The Refrigerator Monologues depicts “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’” – it can be pre-ordered now. The Glass Town Game, Cat’s latest book for younger readers about the famous Brontë siblings stumbling into a world they created, will be released in September and is illustrated by Rebecca Green.
The New York Times has called her “an incandescent young star.”