Author Archives: Deborah Meghnagi

A Song for Arbonne

by Merav Hoffman A woman sits and composes, Moving her fingers, mouthing the words, Across the world a man listens, Lets go of sadness while no one observes. Even the birds above the water Are singing of my love for … Continue reading

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A Poem, by Rosanne Catalano

A soldier grips a sword The rising sun glints red A poet inscribes a word The tapestry gains a thread A newborn’s hearty cry Hushes in candlelit song Life’s template twists, turns awry The boy must learn he’s strong In … Continue reading

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Links

Myth • The Encyclopedia Mythica (Online Encyclopedia of mythical names and references) • The Camelot Project Arthurian texts, images, bibliographies and basic information History This section contains links to sites that offer information related to the various periods of history … Continue reading

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Books on My Shelf

You often find autobiographical sites on the web where people have listed their favourite books. This isn’t a site about me, but one thing occurred to me. If I meet someone who likes the same books as me, then I … Continue reading

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What’s New

Bright Weavings: The Worlds of Guy Gavriel Kay – What’s New   March 4: The new US cover art for Sailing to Sarantium and Lord of Emperors has been added to the art gallery. January 12: A review of Tigana … Continue reading

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Original introduction to the Authorized Website

Why “Bright Weavings”? Why did I spend many months designing this website, and why do I continue to spend so many hours updating, improving and running it? Well, if I try and describe what GGK’s books mean to me, I … Continue reading

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Guy Kay – Interview with CBC

Q & A with Guy This interview has been taken from the official Ysabel website of Penguin Canada, with permission.   Q: One of your trademarks as an author is to take real historical events and settings and use them … Continue reading

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Toastmaster address at WFC 2007

Toastmaster Address, World Fantasy Awards 2007 This was the toastmaster address GGK delivered at the World Fantasy Awards banquet in Saratoga Springs, at WFC 2007. It lacks the ad libs and the laugh track, but does have an addendum with … Continue reading

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Interview with the Voyageur Newsletter

This interview was conducted by Alex von Thorn at the World Fantasy Con in Montreal, in November 2001. It appeared in the Voyageur newsletter and website, and is reproduced with kind permission. AvT: You helped Christopher Tolkien assemble The Silmarillion, … Continue reading

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Under Heaven Author’s Letter

This was first printed in the advance reading copies of Under Heaven, 2010. With Under Heaven – a novel inspired by Tang Dynasty China – about to be released, my editors have suggested I write a note about it and … Continue reading

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Interview with Solaris Magazine (French)

Entrevue avec Solaris L’entrevue a été menée par Jean-Louis Trudel, en 1995, pour la revue francophone Solaris, publiée au Québec. Tous droits réservés. Avec la permission de Jean-Louis Trudel et de Solaris. 1) La petite biographie fournie en quatrième de … Continue reading

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Interview with Solaris Magazine

Interview with Solaris This interview was conducted by Jean-Louis Trudel, in 1995, for the French language magazine Solaris, published in Quebec. Interview courtesy of Jean-Louis Trudel and Solaris. On the back of the Quebec translations of your trilogy, the wording … Continue reading

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Tigana Afterword

This afterword first appeared in the ROC USA 10th anniversary edition of Tigana, published in 1999. It is reprinted here with kind permission of the publishers.     Tigana is in good part a novel about memory: the necessity of … Continue reading

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Interview for the Camelot Project

Interview with Guy Gavriel Kay by Raymond H. Thompson Mythcon: Vancouver, B.C. 30th July 1989 Interview reproduced by kind permission of Raymond H. Thompson. Mr. Thompson conducted a series of interviews with authors of modern Arthurian Literature. To read the … Continue reading

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Site Essays

GGK’s Original Introduction to Brightweavings: Somewhere on this site is the quote from Cato the Elder that I used for years in reply to queries about the absence of an ‘official’ website about me or my work. Cato is said … Continue reading

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Interview with SFX (UK magazine)

This interview was conducted by Guy Haley and can be read in print in SFX #93, July 2002. Reproduced with kind permission (and thanks to Nicola Clarke for doing the typing!) “It’s one of those life-shifting coincidences,” says renowned fantasy … Continue reading

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Interview with SFSite

An interview with Guy Gavriel Kay, September 2000 Interview conducted by Rodger Turner. Reproduced from SFSite with kind permission. RT: One idea that popped into my head, while reading Sailing to Sarantium and Lord of Emperors, was the frequency with … Continue reading

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Interview with Sci Fi Channel Website

A Question of Character – an interview with Guy Gavriel Kay This interview appears courtesy of the UK Sci Fi Channel website. The interview was conducted by Sandy Auden. Reproduced with kind permission. ‘I’d say complexity is one of the … Continue reading

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On Rereading

A while ago, a reader posted online that she’d finished her fourteenth read of one of my earlier novels. I offered a thank you and queried, idly, if that was the record. Evidently not. People began outlining their reread statistics, … Continue reading

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Release the Fans!

This was first printed in the Globe & Mail, March 6, 2009. A few recent online incidents regarding authors and readers on the Web are just too revealing to pass up a chance to consider them. By way of a … Continue reading

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Interview with Rambles Magazine

This interview appears courtesy of the online cultural arts magazine Rambles. The interview was conducted by Laurie Thayer. Reproduced with kind permission. Laurie Thayer: Did your work on The Silmarillion inspire your own writing? Guy Gavriel Kay: The year I … Continue reading

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Reflections on an Ethical Society

What follows was delivered on November 4, 2000 at the one-day ‘Reflections on an Ethical Society’ conference at University of Toronto’s Convocation Hall. (Ironically, the setting for the opening scene of The Summer Tree .) This is a somewhat edited … Continue reading

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Interview with Phantastes "The Mythic Heart"

Interview by Stacy Ann Dumoski This interview appears courtesy of Phantastes.   Guy Gavriel Kay is a rare thing among genre writers, tending towards single-volume, stand-alone works in a time when the market favors (seemingly endless) series and multiple returns … Continue reading

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The Problem with the Patriot"

Bright Weavings – GGK’s Words: Essay “The Problem with the Patriot” The Problem with ‘The Patriot‘ I was in London when the latest summer blockbuster, Roland Emmerich’s ‘The Patriot’ opened in theatres there. It was assaulted by some of the … Continue reading

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Interview with Patrick St-Denis

This interview originally appeared at http://fantasyhotlist.blogspot.com/ in April 2010. – In a recent National Post interview, you’re quoted as saying: “I’m not giving them fantasy in any sense that they understand,” he says. “I’m doing history with a spin from … Continue reading

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Interview with New York Review of Science Fiction

New York Review of Science Fiction: Interview with Guy Gavriel Kay This interview appears courtesy of Peter Halasz, who interviewed GGK for the New York Review of Science Fiction during 2000. Guy Gavriel Kay, for those as yet unfamiliar with … Continue reading

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Interview with Marion Zimmer Bradley Fantasy Magazine

This interview appeared in the fall ’99 edition of the Marion Zimmer Bradley Fantasy Magazine. The interview was conducted by Charlene Brusso. All Rights Reserved. Reprinted with kind permission.   Guy Gavriel Kay is the author of quite a few … Continue reading

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On Myth

This was written in the summer of 1999 as part of the Chapters book chain’s ‘Great Writers’ series of essays that ran as full page inserts in Canadian newspapers.     ‘Mythology is what never was, but always is.’ It … Continue reading

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Mondegreens

Mondegreens This piece first appeared in the National Post. It is reprinted here with kind permission. Sometimes life delivers something we always longed for but didn’t even know it. It doesn’t happen (as best I can tell) nearly often enough, … Continue reading

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Tigana (leather bound intro)

The Leather-Bound Masterpieces of Fantasy The Other Side of The Mirror Tigana By Guy Gavriel Kay THE SUBJECT IS FANTASY. In the field of fantasy, eras are measured as B.T. or A.T. – Before Tolkien or after Tolkien. Certainly that … Continue reading

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Interview with Richard Marcus of ‘Leap in the Dark’

Bright Weavings – GGK’s Words: Interview with Richard Marcus of ‘Leap in the Dark’ An interview with Richard Marcus This interview appears courtesy of Richard Marcus of Leap in the Dark. It was syndicated to desicritics.org and blogcritics.org. Reproduced with … Continue reading

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Sometimes a Game is Just a Game

This was first printed in the Globe & Mail, May 2008. Reproduced with kind permission. Incidentally, the title was their choice!       Edmond Burke said, “All it takes for evil to triumph is for good men to do … Continue reading

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Tour Journals

Please note that, unlike other forum topics, the most recent entries are found at the top rather than the bottom of the page. Under Heaven The Last Light of The Sun Ysabel THE JOURNAL – by Guy Gavriel Kay

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Interview with Alaya Dawn Johnson

A Conversation with Guy Gavriel Kay This interview originally appeared at http://www.fantasy-magazine.com/. It was conducted by author Alaya Dawn Johnson and is reproduced with her kind permission. Alaya Dawn Johnson: First, congratulations on winning the World Fantasy Award for best … Continue reading

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Interview in the Historical Novels Review

Parallel Universes: Guy Gavriel Kay reflects on twenty years of alternative history This interview appears courtesy of The Historical Novels Review, and first appeared in their November ’04 edition. The interview was conducted by Teresa Basinski Eckford. Reproduced with kind … Continue reading

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Interview with Andrew Adams

This interview was done over e-mail in January 1995. Copyright is jointly held by Guy Gavriel Kay and Andrew A. Adams. Reproduced with permission. To visit Andrew Adams’ website, click here.   How did you become involved in editing The … Continue reading

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Biography

Many thanks to Holly Ordway (Assistant Professor of Letters at MiraCosta College in Oceanside, California), for contributing this biography. photo by Beth Gwynn Guy Gavriel Kay (7 November 1954 – present) Guy Gavriel Kay was born in Weyburn, Saskatchewan, on … 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Authors draw their knives during literary awards season

This was first printed in the Globe & Mail, October 16, 2009. This time of year, in France and Italy, hunters renew their licences and start cleaning rifles, not always carefully enough, preparing to go forth to destroy the peace … Continue reading

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