On the road again

The second stage of touring/travel for a spring book usually kicks in during the autumn after. In Canada that’s an increasingly busy author’s festival season. It is also awards seaosn, but that’s a different matter.

Immediate trip is New York, for meetings with agents there (principal agent and the foreign rights department) and my splendid friend-and-editor Susan Allison. First discussions may take place about concepts for a new book. Maybe. Perhaps.

After emails and phone calls and juggling, I’ve worked it out through Penguin Canada that I’ll go to Saskatoon for their Word on the Street Book Fair on September 22nd. I’ll be interviewed on stage there by the very fine writer Arthur Slade, who is also a scholar and a gentleman of the first order. One other writer attending is the equally fine Lesley Livingstone, and I have a memory of the two of them (who have apparently never met) threatening/promising to have a sword fight. This may be even more fun than usual. (Lesley is tough, Art may be in trouble.)

I’m also going to do Toronto’s major literary event, the Harbourfront Author’s Festival, on Sunday November 3rd. Again a stage interview it appears (as of now); not sure whom I’ll have to fend off or make laugh. I’ve also agreed to do one of Harbourfront’s ‘outreach’ gigs, in Owen Sound. I really like the idea behind these, where smaller communities around Toronto can reap the benefits of the authors from all over the world coming into town for the main festival.

And finally (for now) grant funding came through to the Halifax library for their request to have me read and speak there, so I’ll be headed that way later in November. Not sure which dates yet, but it is a long way off, we are still in midsummer here, right? Campari on a terrace not single malt inside. (Though I’ll confess to having a Springbank this evening.)

Even with the long time-line to next spring, discussions have begun here as to a new cover for the Canadian paperback ofย River. Everyone loves the blue one we have on the hardback, but there are sometimes different mandates, different contexts for paperbacks (including different ones for mass market and the larger trade paperback format). Nicole Winstanley, (Penguin’s president and publisher, and my editor here) and I have begun exchanging image thoughts in emails – and it is increasingly clear to me that she hasย an idea. We shall see. They haven’t let me down yet, actually.

11 thoughts on “On the road again

  1. I’m hoping you will have ticket info for the Toronto show? I looked up the festival and couldn’t find anything yet. I’ve been planning a trip to TO, now I have a reason! ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. This is horrible. I spend 70% of my time in Saskatoon for work, and the 22nd of September happens to fall on one of my four day weekends home. Humbug.

      • Heh… would love to, Tash. There’s a little issue of a 10th anniversary the second weekend in August, and so resources have been funnelled according to that priority. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    • Heh… would love to, Tash. There’s a little issue of a 10th anniversary the second weekend in August, and so resources have been funnelled according to that priority. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  3. Well, hello Guy Gavriel Kay. I’m from Spain, I’m 16 and I’ve read Fionavar Sarantium and Under Heaven. Do you know if there is a possibility to your book being in Spain (River of Stars)? Well, after that I should say Thank you very much for Fionavart, that masterpiece.

  4. Well, hello Guy Gavriel Kay. I’m from Spain, I’m 16 and I’ve read Fionavar Sarantium and Under Heaven. Do you know if there is a possibility to your book being in Spain (River of Stars)? Well, after that I should say Thank you very much for Fionavart, that masterpiece.

  5. I apologise in advance for veering off topic, but a couple of Mr. Kay’s twitters caught my eye after accidentally clicking there from Brightweavings.com

    Namely twitters about Leonard Cohen’s Masterpiece – Hallelluljah.

    I’m not on Twitter or Facebook, so dangerously high is my addictive propensity to those networks, so with humble apologies, I inflict here, my humble recommendation of Katie Noonan, as the premiere performance of Mr. Cohen’s master work.

    Youtube it dear reader and you won’t be disappointed. I could listen to her sing the telephone directory and be moved to tears. In fact I already have listened to Katie Noonan do something quite similar. Again, youtube Katie Noonan Substitute, and I dare you not to cry.

    Once again my apologies for going off topic.

    grl

  6. I apologise in advance for veering off topic, but a couple of Mr. Kay’s twitters caught my eye after accidentally clicking there from Brightweavings.com

    Namely twitters about Leonard Cohen’s Masterpiece – Hallelluljah.

    I’m not on Twitter or Facebook, so dangerously high is my addictive propensity to those networks, so with humble apologies, I inflict here, my humble recommendation of Katie Noonan, as the premiere performance of Mr. Cohen’s master work.

    Youtube it dear reader and you won’t be disappointed. I could listen to her sing the telephone directory and be moved to tears. In fact I already have listened to Katie Noonan do something quite similar. Again, youtube Katie Noonan Substitute, and I dare you not to cry.

    Once again my apologies for going off topic.

    grl

  7. I apologise in advance for veering off topic, but a couple of Mr. Kay’s twitters caught my eye after accidentally clicking there from Brightweavings.com

    Namely twitters about Leonard Cohen’s Masterpiece – Hallelluljah.

    I’m not on Twitter or Facebook, so dangerously high is my addictive propensity to those networks, so with humble apologies, I inflict here, my humble recommendation of Katie Noonan, as the premiere performance of Mr. Cohen’s master work.

    Youtube it dear reader and you won’t be disappointed. I could listen to her sing the telephone directory and be moved to tears. In fact I already have listened to Katie Noonan do something quite similar. Again, youtube Katie Noonan Substitute, and I dare you not to cry.

    Once again my apologies for going off topic.

    grl

  8. I apologise in advance for veering off topic, but a couple of Mr. Kay’s twitters caught my eye after accidentally clicking there from Brightweavings.com

    Namely twitters about Leonard Cohen’s Masterpiece – Hallelluljah.

    I’m not on Twitter or Facebook, so dangerously high is my addictive propensity to those networks, so with humble apologies, I inflict here, my humble recommendation of Katie Noonan, as the premiere performance of Mr. Cohen’s master work.

    Youtube it dear reader and you won’t be disappointed. I could listen to her sing the telephone directory and be moved to tears. In fact I already have listened to Katie Noonan do something quite similar. Again, youtube Katie Noonan Substitute, and I dare you not to cry.

    Once again my apologies for going off topic.

    grl

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