Author Archives: Alec Lynch
University Book Store Presents Guy Gavriel Kay in conversation with Nancy Pearl, conducted at the time of publication of All the Seas of the World.
In 2022, coinciding with the publication of All the Seas of the World during the time of a pandemic, Guy Gavriel Kay reflects on the once and future tour. Follow the link below to the Literary Hub website to read … Continue reading
Review by Robert J. Wiersema of The Toronto Star. At first glance, “All the Seas of the World,” the new novel from Toronto writer Guy Gavriel Kay seems like exactly what one would expect. A compelling historical fantasy, the novel … Continue reading
On Tuesday May 11th, 2022 GGK delivered the eighth annual Tolkien Lecture on Fantasy Literature at Pembroke College, Oxford, broadcasting live from Toronto in Canada. For more information and responses to the lecture, see the tolkienlecture.org website.
Watch GGK in conversation with Paul Blezard at the Lockdown Litfest:
As the 2021 spring guest editor for LoveReading, GGK shares recommendations for five books. His poem “Mostly Quiet” is also showcased. Follow the link below to read it. https://www.lovereading.co.uk/lovereading-loves/guest-editor-spring-2021-guy-gavriel-kay-29.html
During the Covid pandemic of 2020, while the world practiced social distancing and quarantine measures, a project took shape amongst a number of writers to offer short videos of themselves doing readings from their work. Filmed by his son Sam, … Continue reading
This first appeared at www.lithub.com in 2019. I am, more or less, allergic to writing advice. This is a problem these days, because writing advice is floating in the air like pollen in springtime, I await the Top Ten List … Continue reading
When Gods are Absent from Fantasy: Religion and Spiritual Experience in Guy Gavriel Kay’s The Lions of Al-Rassan and The Sarantine Mosaic, by Sylwia Borowska-Szerszun
When Gods are Absent from Fantasy: Religion and Spiritual Experience in Guy Gavriel Kay’s The Lions of Al-Rassan and The Sarantine Mosaic. Published at www.academia.edu Sylwia Borowska-Szerszun, Bialystok University, Department of Philology, Faculty Member. Guy Gavriel Kay, a Canadian author … Continue reading
Faire Ladies Re-Imagined: Female Characters in Guy Gavriel Kay’s A Song for Arbonne by Sylwia Borowska-Szerszun
Faire Ladies Re-Imagined: Female Characters in Guy Gavriel Kay’s A Song for Arbonne. Published at www.academia.edu Sylwia Borowska-Szerszun, Bialystok University, Department of Philology, Faculty Member. Abstract: This essay aims to examine the construction of female characters in Guy Gavriel Kay’s … Continue reading
Review by Gary K Wolfe for Locus Magazine. At the risk of oversimplification – well, no, to be honest, with the intent of oversimplification – the fantastic genres have a long and complex relationship with historical fiction, but they often tend to … Continue reading
UK edition. Artist: Thorne Ryan. Pub: Hodderscape
Canadian edition (USA edition is similar). Design: Lisa Jager. Pub: Penguin Canada.
France reprint edition. Artist: leraf Design. Publisher: L’Atalante.
Macedonian edition of Sailing to Sarntium Pub: Ikona
French paperback edition Lord of Emperors. Artist: Gilles Cornu Pub: J’ai Lu
Croatian edition of Lord of Emperors Artist: Igor Kordey Pub: Algoritam
Publisher: Tor Designed by Nele Schütz
Publisher: Tor Designed by Nele Schütz
France edition Publisher: L’Atalante
Artist: Gilles Cornu Pub: J’ai Lu
Artist: Cathy MacLean Pub: Penguin
Artist: Igor Kordev Publisher: Algoritam
Artist: Cathy MacLean. Pub: Penguin Canada.
Canadian trade paperback edition. Artist: Cathy McLean Publisher: Penguin Canada
Quebec edition of The Lions of Al-Rassan Pub: Alire
French edition of The Lions of Al-Rassan Pub: J’ai Lu
US paperback edition. Artist: Mel Odom. Pub: Roc
Canadian trade paperback edition. Artwork by Marie De Sousa, design by Cathy MacLean. Pub: Penguin Canada.
Clémence writes: “In the Sarantine Mosaic the encounter with the Zubir is an incredibly haunting scene and I wanted to convey the oppressive feeling of old power, but also the sense of decay that the old god carries. This piece … Continue reading
Tabor and Imraith-Nimphais from The Fionavar Tapestry, by Jenny Dolfen. You can see more of Jenny’s work on her website. (Click for larger image)
Filmed Reading of the prologue by GGK Click here to view. Passage from Chapter 8 of Tigana Dianora could remember, with jagged, sharp-edged clarity, the first time she’d called her home Lower Corte. They all could, all the … Continue reading
Ambiguities and Divided Loyalties: Focalization in Guy Gavriel Kay’s Tigana This is a bachelor’s thesis by Roosa Töyrylä, written at the University of Helsinki, Finland. 2017. Introduction In fantasy literature, good and evil are often portrayed as absolute opposites, the … Continue reading
1) Sailing to Sarantium and Lord of Emperors are two of your most beloved novels. What is it like to return to this setting so many years later, both in the fictional continuity and at this point in your career? … Continue reading
CHILDREN OF EARTH AND SKY — DISCUSSION QUESTIONS 1) Readers of Guy Gavriel Kay’s Sarantine Mosaic novels, Sailing to Sarantium and Lord of Emperors, will recognize the setting of Children of Earth and Sky. (This is also the near-Europe of … Continue reading
This audio interview for CBC’s The Next Chapter with Shelagh Rogers took place soon after the publication of The Children of Earth and Sky. Topics include writing about civilizations on the edge, the role of the observer, and telling the … Continue reading
This piece discusses Guy Gavriel Kay’s involvement in helping to edit The Silmarillion, a look back at writing The Fionavar Tapestry, his path as a writer…and even a bit about umlauts. This piece originally appeared at http://www.theguardian.com. It was written … Continue reading
A podcast interview with GGK, by Moses Siregar of Adventures in SciFi Publishing. Just some of the topics discussed include writing to a theme, Tolkien, reader and reviewer responses, and the use of the present tense in the novels (note: … Continue reading
A recorded interview with Alex C. Telander of Bookbanter. Discussions include insights into the process behind writing Under Heaven, GGK’s beginnings as an author, some of his writing and reading habits, and news out of Hollywood. https://bookbanter.wordpress.com/2010/01/01/bookbanter-episode-23-with-guy-gavriel-kay/
An audio interview with Rick Kleffel of The Agony Column, given on the Ysabel publicity tour. Click here for an mp3 download (77mb) Click here for a real player download (13mb)
Friendship interests me as a writer. It can be a mysterious thing. Usually it grows over time, someone becomes a presence in our life and at some point we realize how much we value them – and often that comes … Continue reading
Croatia has roads in many places going back to the Romans. They joke today that the old roads are better graded and designed than the new ones. It is probably true. On a book tour many years ago, I was … Continue reading
Cover by leraf Design
Staffan writes: “I picked up A Song for Arbonne at the local library when looking for something new to read. I find books a great fodder for painting and picture-making and always have a reading project going. I wasn’t familiar … Continue reading
Guy Gavriel Kay described the process of picking his six favourite books as a thoroughly regrettable, “evil, sadistic exercise.” This first appeared at www.cbc.ca in 2016. The historical fiction that first hooked him Eagle of the Ninth by Rosemary Sutcliff … Continue reading
This first appeared at https://thewalrus.ca in 2016. I wrote my first, never-published book in a fishing village on the south coast of Crete at the end of the 1970s. I went back, two winters later, to write most of The Summer … Continue reading