Category Archives: GGK’s Words

Audio Interview with CBC

This interview was conducted on CBC Radio 990’s Weekend Morning Show. It is part of Mr. Robinson’s Bookclub. Copyright © 2000 CBC Manitoba. All Rights Reserved. This is an interview from GGK’s media tour for The Sarantine Mosaic in March … Continue reading

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Interview with Challenging Destiny Magazine

Challenging Destiny: Interview with Guy Gavriel Kay This interview appears courtesy of the magazine Challenging Destiny. The interview was conducted by James Schellenberg and David M. Switzer, and appears in the 11th issue of Challenging Destiny. Reproduced with kind permission. … Continue reading

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Interview with Deep Magic

This interview was conducted for the Deep Magic ezine – February 2004 issue, and is reproduced with kind permission. Age: 49 Residence: Toronto Marital Status: Married Children: 2 Hobbies: Obviously, doing online interviews! No, er: film, travel, single malt scotch, … Continue reading

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In Memoriam – Dorothy Dunnett

This appreciation first appeared in Locus Magazine, December 2001. I met Dorothy Dunnett first in the spring of 1975, a memory I cherish and a moment that was to teach me something about writers and how they might deal graciously … Continue reading

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On Writing Sailing to Sarantium

This piece was written for Earthlight, GGK’s British publishing house.         At the end of every novel I write, a journey begins with no known destination. I never know what my next book will be. In order … Continue reading

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Essays

On Myth “Myths began as an attempt to explain core elements of the world, by men and women beset and beleagured by mortality and fragility. They aspired to be – as Sallust or Stephen or whomever, said – eternal truths … Continue reading

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Chat transcript with Event Horizon

Transcript of Chat with Guy Gavriel Kay on April 8, 1999 Welcome, everyone, to another Flashpoint show. Tonight our guest is Guy Gavriel Kay, author of some great novels, such as Tigana, The Lions of Al-Rassan, and, most recently, Sailing … Continue reading

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Under Heaven Author’s Letter

Exile Sometimes a reader’s question stops you cold. Makes you cast an eye back over your own body of work and think about it differently. This can happen with an academic paper or a thoughtful review, but it feels more … Continue reading

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The Fionavar Tapestry Afterword

This afterword first appeared in the HarperPerennial Canada 20th anniversary edition of The Tapestry, published in 2004. It is reprinted here with kind permission of the publishers.     On the occasion of an anniversary edition, there are many things … Continue reading

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Speech made at Annual Conference of Ontario College Association of Language and Learning

Teaching Literature This is the text of a speech given by GGK during the 2001 Annual Conference of the Ontario College Association of Language and Learning, to which he was invited as the keynote speaker. Readers should be aware that … Continue reading

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Home and Away

‘Home and Away’ is an amended form of a speech I first delivered as the keynote speech for an academic conference in Toronto, and then (with examples updated and varied) at a convention in Zagreb, Croatia. I cut the speechmaker’s … Continue reading

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The Greatest Russians of all Time

This was first printed in the Globe & Mail, January 2009. It was recently reported that over fifty million Russians had decided the greatest Russian ever. In a broadcast on the state-run Rossiya channel, which concluded three months of telephone … Continue reading

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Fun Stuff: GGK’s Note

Actually, Philosophers’ Walk is much-tamed from the way it was in my day – for a good reason. It was much darker at night, more secluded, with grassy mounds that added greatly to the sense of mystery and sequestered space … Continue reading

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Byzantium and Sailing to Byzantium poems by William Butler Yeats

Byzantium by William Butler Yeats The unpurged images of day recede; The Emperor’s drunken soldiery are abed; Night resonance recedes, night walkers’ song After great cathedral gong; A starlit or a moonlit dome disdains All that man is, All mere … Continue reading

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GGK’s note

There is no truth to the pernicious rumour (which I am just now starting, of course) that Keith Birdsong was chosen as the cover artist because of his name. — GGK

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GGK’s note

The change came about because – to be oblique and subtle about this – I hated this cover with some passion. It emerged only because Penguin UK ended up in a huge time bind, as they raced to accede to … Continue reading

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GGK’s note

I have to say I think this is an absolutely gorgeous cover, reflecting the attention and care of my Spanish editor at Plaza y Janes, Deborah Blackman. I seem to be lucky in the Deborahs with whom I’m associated. — … Continue reading

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GGK’s note

No comment. — GGK

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Canadian Covers of the Historical Novels

This is a new design by Penguin Canada, relaunching some of the ‘historicals’ in trade paperback with a harmonized look. Tigana artwork by Henry Van Der Linde, design by Cathy MacLean. A Song for Arbonne artwork by Marie De Sousa, … Continue reading

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GGK’s note

I love these covers. I am also aware that they (like the L’Atalante covers in France for these three books which I also love) might not serve as a sufficient ‘signal’ for genre readers that what lies inside is the … Continue reading

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Martin Springett: Biography

Martin in his studio Martin Springett was born in Crayford, Kent, England, in 1947. He studied art (that is he learned to play the Guitar) for two semesters at the Brassey School of Art in Hastings, Sussex. He emigrated to … Continue reading

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GGK’s note

I think these are very interesting covers, done by someone clearly familiar with the books – which is not, by any means, always the case. I’m not in love with The Wandering Fire, because it feels overly literal vis a … Continue reading

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GGK’s note

This one is a shame, actually. A clever and creative publisher (Neven Anticevic, of Algoritam) had two artists do this, one working on the desert lion, the other on the stained glass inset. The clash of cultures is brilliantly evoked … Continue reading

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GGK’s note

Herewith, the new Penguin Canada trade paperback editions of the Mosaic, designed by Cathy McLean, and modified from the hardcover and paperback editions to bring them into line with their other trade paperbacks. She’s once more cleverly managed to ‘split’ … Continue reading

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GGK’s note

GGK’s note A personal favourite. Kinoko Kraft is a fine artist, and this evokes the period beautifully, for me. Interesting, isn’t it, that American, Canadian (another favourite) and British hardcovers, all so different, shared the image of a woman with … Continue reading

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