Guy Gavriel Kay

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Guy Gavriel Kay
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Guy Gavriel Kay (right, with Élisabeth Vonarburg)
Born (1954-11-07) November 7, 1954 (age 60)
Weyburn, Saskatchewan, Canada
Occupation Writer
Nationality Canadian
Period 1984-present
Genre Fantasy, Historical
Notable works The Summer Tree, Tigana

Guy Gavriel Kay CM (born November 7, 1954) is a Canadian author of fantasy fiction. Many of his novels are set in fictional realms that resemble real places during real historical periods, such as Constantinople during the reign of Justinian I or Spain during the time of El Cid. Those works are published and marketed as historical fantasy, though the author himself has expressed a preference to shy away from genre categorization when possible.

Kay has written 12 novels and a book of poetry. His fiction has been translated into more than 25 languages.


Kay was born in Weyburn, Saskatchewan, and raised in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

When Christopher Tolkien needed an assistant to edit his father J. R. R. Tolkien's unpublished work, he chose Kay, then a student of philosophy at the University of Manitoba. Kay moved to Oxford in 1974 to assist Tolkien in the editing of The Silmarillion.

He returned to Canada in 1975 to take a law degree at the University of Toronto. He was called to the bar of Ontario in 1981.

Kay became Principal Writer and Associate Producer for a Canadian Broadcasting Corporation radio series, The Scales of Justice.

In 1984, Kay's first fantasy work, The Summer Tree, the first volume of the trilogy The Fionavar Tapestry, was published.


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