Guy Gavriel Kay
|Guy Gavriel Kay
Élisabeth Vonarburg and Kay in 2006
November 7, 1954 |
Weyburn, Saskatchewan, Canada
|Genre||Fantasy, historical fiction|
Guy Gavriel Kay CM (born November 7, 1954) is a Canadian writer 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, although Kay has expressed a preference to avoid genre categorization.
Kay has written 12 novels and a book of poetry.[when?] His fiction has been translated into more than 25 languages.
When Christopher Tolkien needed an assistant to edit his father J. R. R. Tolkien's unpublished work, he chose Kay, then a student of philosophy at the University of Manitoba.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 editing 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.
- The Fionavar Tapestry, concerning five people from our Earth in a parallel world, "the first of all worlds", in three parts:
- Tigana (1990), set in a period inspired by renaissance Italy
- A Song for Arbonne (1992), a modification of the Albigensian Crusade in a medieval Provence, winner of the 1993 Prix Aurora Award
- The Lions of Al-Rassan (1995), set in an analogue of medieval Spain
- The Sarantine Mosaic, inspired by the Byzantium of Justinian I, in two parts:
- Beyond This Dark House (2003), a collection of poetry
- The Last Light of the Sun (2004), evoking the Viking invasions during the reign of Alfred the Great
- Ysabel (2007), a modern urban fantasy set in Provence, centering around a teenage boy and his encounters with characters from the distant past. Explicitly if lightly linked to The Fionavar Tapestry
- Under Heaven (April 27, 2010), based on the 8th century Tang Dynasty and the events leading up to the An Shi Rebellion
- River of Stars (April 2, 2013), set in the same timeline as Under Heaven, based on the 12th century Song Dynasty and the events around the Jin-Song Wars and the transition from Northern Song to Southern Song
Nominations, awards and accolades
- Kay won the 1985 Scales of Justice Award for best media treatment of a legal issue, Canadian Law Reform Commission, 1985, for Second Time Around.
- The Wandering Fire won the 1987 Prix Aurora Award in the English category, and the 1987 Casper Award for best speculative fiction.
- Kay was runner up for the White Pine Award in 2007 for Ysabel.
- Ysabel was the winner of the 2008 World Fantasy Award for Best Novel.
- Kay has also won the International Goliardos Award for his work in the fantasy field.
- Under Heaven won the Sunburst Award in 2011. and was long listed for the IMPAC/Dublin Literary prize.
- Kay was appointed to the Order of Canada in 2014 "for his contributions to the field of speculative fiction as an internationally celebrated author."
- Kay has been nominated several times for the Mythopoeic Fantasy Award for Adult Literature.
- Kay has been nominated four times for the World Fantasy Award, and won in 2008 for "'Ysabel'".
- The translation of The Lions of Al-Rassan was nominated for the Israeli Society for Science Fiction and Fantasy Geffen Award in 2005.
- Kay was nominated for the Canadian Sunburst Award in 2005 for The Last Light of the Sun.
- Bright Weavings – authorized website with some contributions by Kay
- Kay at publisher Penguin Books Canada
- Guy Gavriel Kay at the Internet Speculative Fiction Database
- Guy Gavriel Kay entry in The Canadian Encyclopedia
- Guy Gavriel Kay at Library of Congress Authorities, with 22 catalogue records
- Interview on the now-defunct Event Horizon at the Wayback Machine (archived October 4, 1999)
- Interview by Raymond H. Thompson at the Library of Rochester
- World Fantasy 2008 Podcast