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Collection Overview

Title: Catherynne M. Valente Papers, 2007-2012


Primary Creator: Valente, Catherynne M. (1979-)

Extent: 1.5 Linear Feet

Arrangement: Series I contains Novels, Series II is Digital Media, Series III is Oversized Materials, and Series IV consists of Miscellaneous materals.

Date Acquired: 03/20/2009. More info below under Accruals.

Subjects: Fairyland, Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America, Valente, Catherine M.

Forms of Material: fantasy, science fiction

Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The Catherynne M. Valente papers contain printed (paper-based) materials and the collection is divided into series based upon format.  Series I consists of novels and Series II is Digital Media that currently contains a CD ROM. An inventory list of the CD ROM's electronic files is linked to Valente's page under this series. If the author's digital media is sent electronically via email, the hardcopy electronic files will be placed on the department's main computer drive in the author's SFWA finding aid folder titled under their name and identification number. Series III is Oversized Materials and can be found in our SPX Manuscripts Oversize collection.  Series IV is Miscellaneous material.

Collection Historical Note

Catherynne M. Valente was born in 1979 in Seattle, Washington and is a New York Times Bestselling Author.  She is best known for her science fiction and fantasy novels, short fiction, and poetry.  She graduated high school when she was 15 and she went on to UC San Diego and Edinburgh University, receiving her Bachelor of Arts degree in the Classics.  She worked various jobs before becoming a novelist, such as a professional fortune teller, librarian, waitress, and actress.  Her first novel, The Labyrinth, was published in 2004 and her young adult novel, The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making (2010), became the first self-published (crowdfunded) novel to achieve a major literary award, the Andre Norton Award for YA literature.  She has also received the James Tiptree Jr. Award, Rhysling Award, Mythopeotic Award, Hugo Award, Locus Awards and many others.  She currently lives on an island off the coast of Maine with her husband and a collection of pets.

For for information of Catherynne M. Valente and her writings, please visit her websites:

http://www.catherynnemvalente.com/  (her main page)

http://catvalente.livejournal.com/  (her blog)

Subject/Index Terms

Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America
Valente, Catherine M.

Administrative Information

Repository: Northern Illinois University

Accruals: Additions from Catherynne Valente: 10/24/2012

Access Restrictions: Photographs and photocopies of collection are prohibited.

Use Restrictions: Property Rights are transferred to the University Libraries per the signed Deed of Gift Document. Literary Rights are retained by the content creator.  Any copyrights so stated in the materials remain in force.

Acquisition Source: Catherynne M. Valente

Related Materials: For more information please see http://www.catherynnemvalente.com/; https://catvalente.livejournal.com.

Box and Folder Listing

Browse by Series:

[Series I: Novels],
[Series II: Digital Media],
[Series III: Oversized Material],
[Series IV: Miscellaneous],

Series III: Oversized Material
Folder 1: Deathless [6 copies of full book cover and note from Liz], no date
Folder 2: In the Cities of Coin and Spice [Volume #2 of the Orphan's Tales series] [book cover illustration page proof], 2-12-2007

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