Catherynne Valente, a celebrated young adult fantasy author, will discuss and sign "The Girl Who Fell Beneath Fairyland and Led the Revels There," at St. Louis County Library Headquarters (1640 S. Lindbergh Blvd., St. Louis, Mo., 63131) on Wednesday, Oct. 17 at 7 p.m. The free event is part of the library's Reading Garden Event Series.
Catherynne Valente made her young adult debut with the sensationally popular and groundbreaking novel "The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making." Again accompanied by the illustrations of artist Ana Juan, the sequel promises another reading experience full of adventure and magic.
Main character September has longed to return to Fairyland after her first adventure there. And when she finally does, she learns that its inhabitants have been losing their shadows — and their magic — to the world of Fairyland Below. This underworld has a new ruler: Halloween, the Hollow Queen, who is September's shadow. And Halloween does not want to give Fairyland's shadows back.
Catherynne M. Valente is a New York Times bestselling author of fantasy and science fiction novels, short stories and poetry. Her adult novels include "The Grass-Cutting Sword," "The Orphan's Tales" (a duology consisting of "In the Night Garden" and "Cities of Coin and Spice"), "The Habitation of the Blessed," and "Deathless." Her science fiction and fantasy writing has won the Hugo, Locus and World Fantasy awards.
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 young adult literature) before it saw print, going on to become a national bestseller.
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