March 15th, 2007

thrice nine

What I Am Doing for the Next Three Weeks

More foreign rights sales for The Orphan's Tales--this time, in Soviet Russia, rights sell you. That's right, Russian translation rights sold! justbeast is beside himself and I'm pretty excited too, since I've been all up in Russian folklore for the past year. Yay!

s00j has been here all week and tomorrow we are finally en route to Lunacon. Think good thoughts about us not getting stuck in PA AGAIN. Below is my schedule--try not to boggle. I think I get a lunch break...

And do come to the readings! I think the most spectacular one will be the"multimedia" with s00j, but I'll read something non-OT for the Sunday one and I promise good times for all!

Track: Writing & Literature
Start Time: 03/16/2007 7:00:00 PM End Time: 03/16/2007 8:00:00 PM
Room: Westchester Assembly
Title: Autographing: Slawek Wojtowicz, Catherynne M. Valente, Lawrence M.

Lawrence M. Schoen, Catherynne M. Valente, Slawek Wojtowicz,

Track: Writing & Literature
Start Time: 03/17/2007 10:00:00 AM End Time: 03/17/2007 11:00:00 AM
Room: Brundage B
Title: Writing Fairy Tales
How can you give a new story a fairy tale feel? Can you retell fairy tales
and make them your own without losing essential qualities in the story? Is
there a particular cadence that gives a story a fairy tale quality?
Sarah Beth Durst, Josepha Sherman, Catherynne M. Valente[M],

Track: Music & Filk
Start Time: 03/17/2007 11:00:00 AM End Time: 03/17/2007 12:00:00 PM
Room: Grand Center
Title: The Orphan's Tales
A multi-media theatrical presentation featuring music and storytelling
based on the book of fairy tales.
S. J. Tucker, Catherynne M. Valente, Kevin Wiley,

Track: Writing & Literature
Start Time: 03/17/2007 1:00:00 PM End Time: 03/17/2007 2:00:00 PM
Room: Brundage B
Title: Bringing up the Next Generation of Genre Readers
A panel discussion of good books and authors to introduce children to the
pleasures of reading science fiction, fantasy, and horror, from the
earliest ages on up.
Pauline J. Alama, Tamora Pierce, Josepha Sherman, Hildy Silverman[M],
Catherynne M. Valente,

Track: Writing & Literature
Start Time: 03/17/2007 3:00:00 PM End Time: 03/17/2007 4:00:00 PM
Room: Brundage B
Title: Alternate Myth Cycles
Making use of the little-noticed (in the U.S., anyway) gems in world
culture to create multi-faceted fiction.
Danielle Ackley-McPhail[M], Alma Alexander, Christopher Cevasco,
Christopher Moore, Catherynne M. Valente,

Track: Writing & Literature   
Start time: 4:30:00 PM    03/17/2007 5:00:00 PM    Port Chester
Title:     Tribute Reading: The Cat in the Hat
Description:     In honor of the 50th anniversary of the Dr. Seuss classic.
Participants:     Catherynne M. Valente

Track: Writing & Literature
Start Time: 03/17/2007 6:00:00 PM End Time: 03/17/2007 7:00:00 PM
Room: Acoustic Concerts
Title: SF Poetry Readings
Come listen to poetry or bring your own for open mic reading. Emceed by
writer and poet Catherynne M. Valente.
Danielle Ackley-McPhail, Jill Bauman, Ariel Cinii, Alexandra Honigsberg,
Meredith Schwartz, Darrell Schweitzer, S. J. Tucker, Catherynne M.
Valente[M], JoSelle Vanderhooft,

Track: Writing & Literature
Start Time: 03/17/2007 9:00:00 PM End Time: 03/17/2007 10:00:00 PM
Room: Brundage A & B
Title: Fairy Tale Bedtime Stories For Children and Adults
Readings from Catherynne M.  Valente's book of fairy tales. The stories
appeal to all ages, like the Arabian Nights. A “bedtime story” reading for
adults and kids, complete with cocoa and teddy bears, where everyone can
enjoy these new-fashioned stories in a uniquely comfortable environment.
Bring your own teddy bear.
Catherynne M. Valente,

Track: Writing & Literature
Start Time: 03/18/2007 10:00:00 AM End Time: 03/18/2007 11:00:00 AM
Room: Brundage A
Title: Children's Fantasy
So many of the classics and biggest sellers in the genre started out life
as kids books - even though a huge percentage of the audience is made up
of adults. What's behind our continuing fascination with children's
Sarah Beth Durst, Tamora Pierce, Catherynne M. Valente[M],

Track: Writing & Literature
Start Time: 03/18/2007 11:00:00 AM End Time: 03/18/2007 11:30:00 AM
Room: Port Chester
Title: Reading: Catherynne M. Valente

Catherynne M. Valente

I will seriously fall the hell over at the end of this weekend. At which point I've been invited to the Mayor's celebration of woman poets. So I'll be poet-ing at the Rotunda at City Hall at 5:45 pm on Monday the 19th. Please do come if you're local!

Which begins the part where I am now a Cleveland poet. I have a big reading at Gallery 324 (1301 E. 9th St.) on March 31st, and one with the Deep Cleveland crowd on May 11th. On April 11th, I'll be doing the Bookslut reading in Chicago at the Hopleaf at 7:30.

justbeast and I will be in NYC on the 23rd and 24th for the New York Public Library celebration of their recommended list, which I am on, and I do not get tired of saying. Thank you, regyt, for letting us stay with you! I have no idea what to wear! At any event, as the 25th is the Beast's birthday, if any New Yorkers would like to pool their fabulousness and show the kid a good time Saturday night, email me and we will scheme. He's never really been to the big city, and deserves some intimidating lights and loudness.

On top of all of that, the Interfictions anthology, which will have my story A Dirge for Prester John, which, if I am any judge of my own work, is the best short story I've ever written, hands down, has a blog now--go see, it's pretty!

Also check out the new Weird Tales cover, for it is full of awesome, and no longer full of...well, what it was full of before. Say no more.

Somewhere in there I'm almost caught up on my short stories and sufficiently transitioned from Orphan's Tongue to start on the new novels. Next week should be a blast, if I survive this weekend. You may notice I am reading the Cat in the Hat in honor of the 50th birthday. I am beginning to feel like him, balancing the chair, the lamp, the sink, the fishbowl...but I feel a little better now that spring is coming. (Pay no attention to the storm this weekend!) Optimistic, looking forward to things. Fecund. Thoughtful. I am affected by the seasons so intensely, having grown up with no particular ones and having no defense. So here we go, springing forward.

Of course, I am firmly convinced that The Cat is actually The Devil, leading "Sally and I" down the road to perdition and lies. I shall be introducing the book as such, so long as there aren't too many impressionable kiddies in the audience.

Finally, last night s00j sang us a ballad--straight up, ten minutes at least--about Tam Lin's kids, and dammit, that woman would humble Orpheus.

Things are pretty good at...dude, our house needs a name. I tried to rally for Edgewood, but it didn't stick, mainly because no one else here has read Little, Big. Suggestions welcome. But things are looking up, like unto little gophers poking their heads out of the frost.
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