Unshelved comic strip for 6/27/2011

Interview with Catherynne M. Valente

In Catherynne M. Valente's fantasy novel, Palimpsest, about a sexually transmitted city, the character November’s favorite book was The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of her Own Making. Now Cat has written that book too. Originally published online and now available in a convenient offline form, it was the first online work to win a major literary award (specifically The Andre Norton Award).

During BEA, Cat met Bill and I for breakfast in Hell’s Kitchen (I was disappointed we did not see Daredevil) in a dangerous restaurant that offers bottomless mimosas, Nutella croissants, milkshakes with shots of espresso. She had just returned from the west coast leg of her book tour and Fairyland had just debuted at number eight on the New York Times Bestseller List. We talked about books, movies, the Internet, “The Goblin Market,” and medical waste.

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