Wednesday, 9 December 2015

Guy Gavriel Kay honoured with Canadian national award

Fantasy author Guy Gavriel Kay has been inducted into the Order of Canada, Canada's second-highest national award. He was inducted for his services to Canadian literature.

Guy Gavriel Kay is one of the world's foremost authors of fantasy fiction. His career began in 1974-75 when he assisted Christopher Tolkien in the editing of The Silmarillion, J.R.R. Tolkien's magnum opus which was left in a disordered state upon his death. Christopher brought the book to a publishable state by drawing on a large number of manuscrips, and Kay provided editorial assistance.

Kay's own writing career began with a fantasy trilogy called The Fionavar Tapestry, published in 1984-86. His subsequent novels were the highly-acclaimed Tigana (1990), A Song for Arbonne (1993), The Lions of Al-Rassan (1995), The Sarantine Mosaic duology (1998-2001), The Last Light of the Sun (2004), Ysabel (2007), Under Heaven (2010) and River of Stars (2013). His next novel is Children of Earth and Sky, due for publication in spring 2016.

Congratulations to Guy on this honour!


alabrava said...

That's awesome. I read Fionavar when I was around 12 and it was just out. It was my first post Tolkien fantasy, with the exception of Robert Aspirin and Lynn Abbey's Thieves World. Kay is a wonderfully skilled writer, and I wish he was more well known outside of genre fiction, even his lesser efforts are better than most. I can't wait for his next one. River of Stars was fantastic.

lee hewitt said...

cool comment dude, ive never read him but now i want to