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Catherynne M. Valente: Radiance *Costumes Encouraged* (Burlington)

Event date: 
Sunday, November 8, 2015 - 2:00pm

Join Catherynne M. Valente, the bestselling author of the Fairyland books, to celebrate her new novel for adults.  Radiance is a decopunk pulp sci fi alt-history space opera mystery set in a Hollywood—and solar system—very different from our own.  Catherynne is a staff favorite here at Phoenix Books, and we can't wait to introduce you to her in person.

Catherynne M. Valente's first major novel, The Orphan's Tales, won the James Tiptree Jr. Award and was nominated for the World Fantasy Award. Her next, Palimpsest, was nominated for the Hugo Award, and her recent YA phenomenon The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making is a New York Times bestseller that earned starred reviews from all three major review outlets. Valente lives on a small island off the coast of Maine with her partner, two dogs, and a cat.

Costumes are encouraged!  What will inspire your costume?  It might be Hollywood's Golden Age, outer space, or the decopunk aesthetic.  You might just wear your favorite mask, since on Valente's Pluto, everyone has to wear masks to breathe.  Costumes are optional, but a lot of fun, and the first 30 people to arrive in costume or bemasked will get a Radiance pin!

 

DATE:  Sunday, November 8th at 2pm

LOCATION:  Phoenix Books Burlington

ADMISSION:  Tickets are $3 per person, and include a coupon for $5 off a book by Catherynne Valente.  Coupons expire at closing the evening of the event.  Seating is limited.

Event address: 
191 Bank Street
Burlington, VT 05401
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ISBN: 9780765335296
Availability: Out of Print
Published: Tor Books - October 20th, 2015

The first adult novel in more than four years from the bestselling author of the Fairyland books

Radiance is a decopunk pulp SF alt-history space opera mystery set in a Hollywood—and solar system—very different from our own, from the phenomenal talent behind the New York Times bestselling The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making.

Severin Unck's father is a famous director of Gothic romances in an alternate 1986 in which talking movies are still a daring innovation due to the patent-hoarding Edison family. Rebelling against her father's films of passion, intrigue, and spirits from beyond, Severin starts making documentaries, traveling through space and investigating the levitator cults of Neptune and the lawless saloons of Mars. For this is not our solar system, but one drawn from classic science fiction in which all the planets are inhabited and we travel through space on beautiful rockets. Severin is a realist in a fantastic universe.

But her latest film, which investigates the disappearance of a diving colony on a watery Venus populated by island-sized alien creatures, will be her last. Though her crew limps home to earth and her story is preserved by the colony's last survivor, Severin will never return.

Aesthetically recalling A Trip to the Moon and House of Leaves, and told using techniques from reality TV, classic film, gossip magazines, and meta-fictional narrative, Radiance is a solar system-spanning story of love, exploration, family, loss, quantum physics, and silent film.