Bestselling Young Adult Literary Sensation Catherynne Valente Visits St. Louis County Library

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Celebrated young adult fantasy author Catherynne Valente will discuss and sign “The Girl who Fell Beneath Fairyland and Led the Revels There” on Wednesday, October 17 at 7:00 p.m. at St. Louis County Library Headquarters, 1640 S. Lindbergh Blvd. The program is free and open to the public. Books will be available for purchase at the event from Pudd’nHead Books.

Bestselling YA author Catherynne Valente visits SLCL

The St. Louis County Library Foundation and Pudd’nHead Books are pleased to present a Reading Garden Event Series program with celebrated young adult fantasy author Catherynne Valente, who will discuss and sign “The Girl who Fell Beneath Fairyland and Led the Revels There.” The event will be on Wednesday, October 17 at 7:00 p.m. at Library Headquarters, 1640 S. Lindbergh Blvd. The program is free and open to the public. Books will be available for purchase at the event from Pudd’nHead Books.

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 breathtaking illustrations of artist Ana Juan, the sequel promises another unforgettable reading experience full of adventure and magic.

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.

Fans of Valente’s bestselling, first Fairyland book will revel in the lush setting, characters, and language of September’s journey. Readers will welcome back good friends Ell, the Wyverary, and the boy Saturday. But in Fairyland Below, even the best of friends aren’t always what they seem.

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 YA literature) before it saw print, going on to become a national bestseller.

St. Louis County Library Foundation’s Reading Garden Event Series hosts free family events with authors and musicians. Sponsors include Commerce Bank, Companion, and the Sara Guth Costigan Memorial Fund.

Program sites are accessible. Upon two weeks notice, accommodations will be made for persons with disabilities. Contact St. Louis County Library by phone 314-994-3300 or visit http://www.slcl.org.

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