Guy Gavriel Kay

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Himself on Prisoners of Gravity

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11/7/1954, Weyburn, Saskatchewan, Canada

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  • Guy Gavriel Kay was born in Weyburn, Saskatchewan, and raised in Winnipeg, Manitoba. While studying at the University of Manitoba, he came in contact with Christopher Tolkien, and from that contact eventually became an assistant editor of J.R.R. Tolkien's unpublished works. He moved to Oxford University in 1974 to work on the editing of The Silmarillion, and returned to Canada in 1976 to complete his law degree at the University of Toronto. His first fantasy novel, The Summer Tree (book 1 of the Fionavar Tapestry) was published in 1984, and he continues to write fantasy novels set in fictional worlds that reflect real historical places and periods. Bibliography 1984 - The Summer Tree. 1986 - The Wandering Fire and The Darkest Road. 1990 - Tigana. 1992 - A Song For Arbonne. 1995 - The Lions of Al-Rassan. 1998 - Sailing to Sarantium. 2000 - Lord of Emperors. 2003 - Beyond This Dark House. 2004 - The Last Light of the Sun.moreless

    Birth Name:

    Guy Gavriel Kay

    Gender:

    Male

    Birth Place:

    Weyburn, Saskatchewan, Canada

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  • Quotes (2)

    • (on "The Fionavar Tapestry") Guy: I saw myself to some degree as trying to say: I'm going to use as many of the central motifs and themes of high fantasy as I can, and I shall try to give the lie to those who have debased it, by showing that there's still a great deal of life in the genre, that it's infinitely larger than twenty years' of hack work. We're not capable of debasing it, ultimately.

    • (on creating characters of different ages and sexes) Guy: Creating characters is, in a large way, an act of imaginative empathy, and I'm resistant to the idea that there are absolute borders to that.

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    • Kay worked for the CBC (Canadian Broadcasting Corporation), doing the radio program Scales of Justice, which then moved to television.

    • Kay describes himself as both "bookish" and "a jock" as a child.

    • Although he doesn't have a lot of time to read for enjoyment, Guy Gavriel Kay does enjoy reading the works of Milan Kundera, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, and Cormac MacCarthy, among others.

    • Kay refers to his meeting Christopher Tolkien as a life-shifting experience; this meeting eventually lead to him co-editing The Silmarillion.

    • He studied law at the University of Toronto, and was called to the Bar of Ontario in 1982, but never practised law.

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