Part Three from the Story
Nine Lessons from a Wyverary Governouressse
A collaboration between the author and participating bookstores and libraries, including Book Passage, Between Books, Books Inc., Borderlands, Hicklebee’s, LA Public Library / Encino-Tarzana, New York Public Library, Skylight Books, and Towne Book Center and Cafe
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Catherynne M. Valente
The Gunboat Queen of Paraffin Bay is known to her friends as Auntie Arquebus, and she had that day by good chance a litter of swordlets in the belly of her galleon, sweet little things just beginning to show their shine. Truly, you must always raise your sword from its hatching, or it will be unpleasant and disrespectful, running off at all hours to start wars with roving gangs of young rapiers or marrying dashing scimitars quite without your permission. I always make sure my wards have good, house-trained swords, slightly younger than they, so that the little ones will have someone to teach and mold and scold and give treats to.
Afterward the children had chosen their swordlets from the pack, the whole band of us, myself, my wards, Auntie Arquebus and her Shrewdness, spent a lovely afternoon convincing a naval officer that once he and Auntie had traded hats, they had traded stations, since hats are what chiefly define one’s rank and purpose. The young man was still scratching his head as we sailed off on his frigate.
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Catherynne Valente is the author of over a dozen books of fiction and poetry, and is best-known for her urban speculative fiction, including Palimpsest (winner of the 2010 Lambda Award), and The Orphan’s Tales: In the Night Garden. The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making, her first novel for young readers, was posted online in 2009 and won the Andre Norton Award—the first book to ever win before traditional publication. Cat Valente lives on an island off the coast of Maine with her partner, two dogs, and an enormous cat.