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February 2: GGK will be appearing onstage for a discussion/interview with Nancy Pearl at the Ontario Librarians' Association "Super Conference" in Toronto.


October 27-30: GGK is registered for this year's World Fantasy Convention in San Diego, California, October 27-30.

October 14: GGK will deliver the Caroline Heath Lecture for the Saskatchewan Writer's Guild annual meeting, taking place in Regina.

October 13: To commemorate the launch of the Canadian trade paperback of Under Heaven, there will be on-stage interview of Guy Kay by Joanne Kelly of Shaw TV at McNally Robinson Books, Winnipeg. Details are here.

Sept 18: A reading will be given by GGK at Eden Mills Festival in Guelph, Ontario:

Sept 14: GGK will be doing a reading (as will other nominees) at the Sunburst Awards Ceremony in Toronto, Ontario (Harbourfront). Details can be found here.

August 19: GGK has accepted an invitation from a convention and his publishers and will be speaking and signing in Croatia in August to coincide with the recent release of Ysabel in that country. It'll be his 4th promotional appearance in Croatia on behalf of his publishing house, Algoritam. He'll be in Dubrovnik, Split, Zadar and Sibenik, before arriving at the Liburnicon Convention in Opatija on the weekend of August 19th.

June 26: GGK will be speaking at the Literary Tastes' Breakfast at the American Library Association Convention in New Orleans at 8:00 am, as recipient of the 'Best Fantasy Novel' award for Under Heaven. He will sign books afterwards at the Penguin USA Booth in the Convention Center from 11:00 the same morning. Additional details can be found here.

June 9: GGK will take part in the Finding the Words event, presented by The Innis College Alumni Network and Department of English. It takes place 6:30pm at Innis Town Hall. Click here for details.

In finding the words, thirty-one well-known writers share deeply personal discoveries and stories that will surprise, delight, and stir the mind and heart.

Special guests include:
Jared Bland, editor (2003, HBA, Innis; 2005 MA, English)
Stacey May Fowles
Guy Gavriel Kay (1978, LL.B.)
Linden Macintyre

With Professor Nick Mount as MC.

Reception will follow.

Proceeds from the sale of finding the words will go to event partner Pen Canada in support of its vital work in defence of freedom of expression.

May 3: To celebrate the May 3rd publication day of Under Heaven in paperback in the United States (and the releases in the UK and Canada earlier this spring), GGK will be available for a conversation with readers online via the services of a new interactive system, OneRoom. No software is needed, just go to the site. The conversation runs for an hour from 2PM-3pm EDT. On arrival, readers will be invited to select a log-in name and an icon/avatar for themselves, including choices from the covers of the ten novels. We'll see which book 'wins' this straw poll. The event will take place here. To pre-register and get a reminder from the Pollstream/OneRoom people check out their landing page here.

March 29: GGK will be reading as part of the St Jerome's College Reading Series at University of Waterloo at 4:30 on March 29th. The reading is in Rm 3014 in the college, and this will represent the first appearance on sale of the new Canadian paperback editions of Under Heaven.


November 11: On November 11th, GGK will be assisting at the Toronto launch of Dr. Harry Karlinsky's first novel, The Evolution of Inanimate Objects, interviewing his long-time friend on-stage in an event that is part of the well-known This is Not a Reading Series. Details at

October 28-31: GGK is registered for this year's World Fantasy Convention in Columbus, Ohio, October 28-31.

October 23: GGK will be attending the Toronto SpecFic Colloquium.

September 25: GGK will be at the Kingston Writer's Fest. 11:00am - 12:00noon.


With the launch of Under Heaven GGK will be going on tour and making a number of appearances and readings. Below are some of the details on the dates and locations:

-April 10: Toronto Ad Astra. Crowne Plaza Hotel. Toronto, ON.

-April 15:The official launch for Under Heaven will be held at the Toronto Reference Library April 15 at 7 p.m. There will be an onstage interview conducted by Jared Bland, Managing Editor of Walrus Magazine, and GGK will be available to sign books afterward. No tickets are required, but as seating may fill up quickly, anyone who is planning on attending may want to arrive early for the best chance at a closer seat.

-April 20: The Frye Festival in Moncton, New Brunswick. Moncton Public Library at 6:00PM. Details found here:

-April 21: The Moncton Frye Festival. YMCA Literary Luncheon. Moncton, NB.

-April 22: Blue Metropolis (§ion=festival&event=29 ), Montreal QC literary event. 8:30PM.

-April 25: GGK will be reading at the Ottawa Writersfest in the Mayfair Theatre, 1074 Bank St, Ontario. 2:00PM. ( ).

-April 29: McNally Robinson Books, 1120 Grant Ave, Winnipeg, MB, at 8 pm.

-May 4: 7:00PM in-store event at Bolen Books, Hillside Shopping Center, Victoria, BC.

-May 5: CBC Bookclub. CBC Radio Studio One Book Club. Vancouver, BC. 6:30PM. Click here for details on a chance to become a part of the audience.

-May 6: White Dwarf Books, 3715 West Tenth Ave, Vancouver. 7:00PM.

--May 8: Capitola Book Cafe, 1475 41st Ave, Capitola, CA. 6:00PM. Click here for details and a map.

-May 9: 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park, CA. Kepler's Books will host GGK as he discusses and signs copies of Under Heaven. The event begins at 2:00PM.

--May 10: Borderlands Books, 866 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA. 7:00PM. Click here for details and a map.

--May 11: King County Library. 825 228th Ave SE Sammamish, WA. 7:00PM. Click here for details and a map.

-May 19: Flying Dragon Books. 1721 Bayview Ave. Toronto, ON. The cost of the event is $50, and includes a copy of Under Heaven, with the remainder of the proceeds being donated to Frontier College. For details and to book your ticket visit

-May 26: Words worth Books, hosting. Event at the Twin Cinema on King St North, Waterloo, ON. 7:00PM. Tickets are $10 or one free when you purchase a copy of Under Heaven.

-June 1: Different Drummer Author Series. LaSalle Pavilion. Burlington, ON. 9:30AM. Open to series subscribers only.

There are more dates and locations yet to be announced so be sure to check back for updates.


Oct 29 - Nov 1: GGK will be attending the World Fantasy Convention in San Jose, California, held the weekend of October 29th through November 1st -

August 7-8: GGK will be participating in this year's Worldcon, taking place in Montreal. You can see his schedule here.

March 18-22: GGK will be one of the three Guests of Honor at the 30th International Conference on the Fantastic in the Arts, held in Orlando from March 18-22, 2009. The website for this exceptional conference (and organization) is at with details as to hotel, registration, etc. off the sidebar. There is also a call for papers (they solicit work on the guests of honor), with a proposal deadline of October 31st, 2008. The following is on the website: "We encourage work from institutionally-affiliated scholars, independent scholars, international scholars who work in languages other than English, graduate students, and undergraduate students."


Oct 30 - Nov 2: GGK has confirmed his attendance at the World Fantasy Convention in Calgary from October 30th to November 2nd, 2008. The convention website is at: and the site includes a list of all award nominees, of which Ysabel is one, for best novel.

September 24-25:GGK will be reading at St Mary's University in Halifax on the evening of September 24th, and then in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, for the university there, the next night. The details for the Halifax evening on the 24th: The Saint Mary's University Art Gallery (Loyola Building, 5865 Gorsebrook Avenue) 7:00 p.m. The reading on the 25th is at 7:30 p.m., with a reception immediately after. The venue for that reading and reception is Confederation Centre Art Gallery, 145 Richmond Street in Charlottetown.


November 1 - 4: GGK will be Toastmaster for the World Fantasy Convention in 2007, to be held in Saratoga Springs, New York, from November 1st to 4th. The official website is:

May 1: Blue Heron Books in Uxbridge (about 30 minutes north of Toronto) will host a 'May Day Books and Authors Event', interviewing Canadian authors Barbara Gowdy and Guy Gavriel Kay, Tuesday, May 1, at Wooden Sticks Golf Club, at 7:30 p.m. Ms. Gowdy, author of the bestselling The White Bone, will speak about her newest book Helpless and Mr. Kay will discuss his book Ysabel. The audience will sit at tables, with refreshments of cheese and wine provided, and will have the opportunity to ask questions. Tickets are $20 at Blue Heron Books. Phone: (905) 852-4282

April 11th, Yale: 7 pm, Barnes & Noble at Yale: 77 Broadway, New Haven

February 19, San Francisco, 7.30 p.m, Kepler's Bookstore (1010 El Camino Real Menlo Park)

February 17, San Francisco, 4 pm (Saturday), Borderlands Bookstore

February 16, Seattle, 7pm, University of Washington Book Store

February 15, Vancouver, The Vancouver International Writers Festival, The Georgia Straight, Simon Fraser University and Penguin Group Canada are pleased to present Guy Gavriel Kay reading from his new novel, Ysabel. 7:30 pm at the Fletcher Challenge Canada Theatre, in conversation with John Burns, Books Editor from the Georgia Straight. Room 1900, Simon Fraser University at Harbour Centre, 515 West Hastings Street. Tickets are $12 and will be available January 17 by phone at 604.681.6330 or in person at White Dwarf Books, 3715 West Tenth Avenue, Vancouver.

February 13, Victoria, 7pm, Bolen Books, 111-1644 Hillside Ave. In store event

February 12, Winnipeg, McNally Robinson - in the bookstore cafe, 1120 Grant Avenue 7:30-9:00 pm

February 9: Calgary, McNally Robinson hosting, at Knox United Church, 6.30pm, 506 4th Street SW

February 7: Edmonton, Greenwoods Bookshop, 7:30 pm, 7925 104th st, Event in store

January 27: Boston 3:15 PM (Saturday), Signing at Harvard Book Store (US launch of Ysabel)

January 26-28: GGK will be guest of honour at Vericon, the annual convention of the Harvard-Radcliffe Science Fiction Association, to be held at Harvard on the weekend of January 26-28, 2007. This will also be, by a nice accident of timing, the launch of Ysabel in the United States - the first reading and signings for it. The Vericon website is at for further details.

January 23: Toronto - Hart House Theatre, 7:30 pm, Mark Askwith interviewing on stage and GGK reading.

January 22: Ottawa - The Clock Tower Brew Pub, lower level private events room, 7 -8.30 pm 575 Bank Street (at Isabella) Hosted by Perfect Books.


November 25-30: GGK will be in St Petersburg, Russia from November 25-27 and in Moscow from 28-30, at the invitation of the Canadian Embassy and the Non/Fiction book fair taking place in Moscow. There will be signings and interviews in both cities on behalf of his Russian publishers, Sekatchev, and details will be posted as they emerge.

October 26-29: GGK has accepted a jointly-issued invitation from the Belgrade Book Fair, the Canadian Consulate in Serbia, and his publishers there, Laguna, to attend the Fair from October 26-29, 2006 to promote Laguna's launch of Sailing to Sarantium - the first of his titles to appear in Serbia.

October 21-25: GGK be touring Croatia (for the 3rd time) to help Algoritam launch The Summer Tree - Fionavar being, ironically, the last of GGK's works to be published in that country.

September 14: Something a little different. GGK will play a small role in an evening featuring brightweavings' resident artist and musician, Martin Springett. Namely: "An Evening of Words and Music", featuring readings by Guy Gavriel Kay, Caitlin Sweet and R. Scott Bakker. Music inspired by their works composed and played by Martin Springett, guitar and voice, with Chris Mkhool on violin, Rahlen Sullaphen on bass and Andy MacKay on percussion. Performance begins at 8 pm., Merril Collection Library, 239 College St, Toronto.

June 4th: GGK has accepted an invitation to read at the Elora Writer's Festival on June 4th. Elora is a genuinely charming small town about 90 minutes from Toronto. Details here:

May 8-14: GGK has agreed to be a one-week online writer-in-residence (of sorts) at Writer's Dock, a UK-based site for writers of all kinds. He'll be logging in and answering posted questions from May 10-16. The brightweavings denizens are very much invited to stop by and have a look, or post queries of their own (subversively or otherwise). You DO need to log in. Here's some abbreviated site information:

"Writers' Dock was formed out of the ashes of the demise of the BBCi site called "Get Writing". It has quickly become the most successful site of its kind on the internet. Along the way, we have gathered - and are still gathering a huge membership. With the aid of plenty of enthusiastic volunteers who fanatically believe in and help run Writers' Dock, the site has over two thousand members so far..."

Emma (GGK's contact) adds:
Full web address for the site is If you scroll down the home page, there is a box on the left hand side which allows for you to log in, which you need to do in order to visit the various forums. This includes a link for prospective members to register. They will need a username and password to register, and then this will allow them to log in and access all areas of the site. In the forum index, there will be a forum for questions for GGK's visit which I shall get set up now I have a date.

May 5-7th: GGK will be the guest of honour at the Congres Boreal, an SF convention in Montreal. It will be held at Université Concordia. Details on their website here:

April 7: GGK has agreed, on short notice, to participate in Words in Whitby, a gala evening event near Toronto, on Friday, April 7th starting at 6:30 pm. There's a cocktail reception, an onstage interview (done by Ted Barris of CBC), and then a reading followed by a signing with coffee and desert. The other author appearing for the event is David Gilmour, winner of this year's Governor General's Award for fiction in Canada. Given the somewhat stylish context, there's a somewhat steep admission of $25. Details at

March 31-April 2: GGK will be making an appearance at Ad Astra, the 25th anniversary of the major Toronto sf convention. It takes place at the Crown Plaza Don Valley Hotel on the weekend of March 31 to April 2. The website is for hotel and registration info. He'll be there most of the Saturday, doing, among other things, a panel with brightweaving's own Martin Springett on authors and artists, and a reading (no not yet from the new book), as well as the traditional mass signing with all the attending authors. It is also worth noting that Martin will be closing the convention with a concert, late Sunday afternoon.

February 11: GGK will be speaking and signing at Barnes & Noble in Oakland, California, at 7 pm, Saturday, February 11th. Address is 98 Broadway. Phone: (510) 272-0120.

February 10: GGK will be reading, signing, and chatting over wine on Friday, February 10, 7 pm, at Bay Books, 316 Alvarado St., Monterey, California.


November 18-20: GGK has accepted an invitation from Alire to appear at the Salon du Livre in Montreal. He'll also be Guest of Honour at the Boreal Convention in Montreal in May 2006. Details:

GGK's appearances at the Montreal Salon du Livre are now firmed-up. He'll be signing and chatting with readers at the Alire Booth (his publishers) on Friday night, the 18th of November, from 7 pm to 8:30, Saturday November 19th from 2 to 3:30 and on Sunday from 1 until 2. On the Sunday, Elisabeth Vonarburg, the translator, will also be at the booth.

November 5: GGK will be reading at this year's gritLIT festival in Hamilton, Ontario. The festival runs November 4th-6th at the newly opened Downtown Cultural Centre in Hamilton. The reading is scheduled for 3.30p.m. Saturday November 5th. (gritLit takes its name from Hamilton's proud reputation as a 'gritty city'.)

October 5: GGK will be reading with other Sunburst Award nominees on the presentation night, as part of the Harbourfront Reading Series in Toronto.

September 20: GGK will be reading from Beyond This Dark House at the Art Bar Poetry series at 8 pm on September 20th at the Victory Café (scene of DebCon1 during Torcon!), 581 Markham Street (1 blk. west and south of Bathurst and Bloor) in Toronto.


December 10: For all those in the south of France (or the annoying ability to get there easily), GGK will be reading from The Last Light of the Sun in "Book in Bar" the English-language bookstore in Aix en Provence, at #1 r Joseph Cabassol. Reading is at 6 pm, followed by drinks, cheese, conversation. Copies of all books will be available in French and English.

October 3-5: GGK will be Guest of Honour at Icon '04 - the Israeli SF convention held in Tel Aviv. Details of the program can be found at Including a panel discussing GGK's books in which his his esteemed webmistress will be one of the panelists (gulp).

June 23: GGK will be doing a book signing session at Bennington Gate Books in St John's, Newfoundland, at 7pm on Wednesday 23rd June.

June 3-5: GGK has accepted an invitation to be a Guest at the first Mythic Journeys Conference in Atlanta. This is an ambitious gathering of novelists, poets, artists, musicians, and academics sponsored in part by the Joseph Campbell Foundation. Details are here:

April 3: GGK has now confirmed he will be attending the Ad Astra Convention at the Crown Plaza Don Valley Hotel in Toronto, this Saturday, April 3rd, (that day only) and signing books at 3:30pm.

March 1-17, Last Light of the Sun Tour
Victoria, March 1: Bolen Books, 7 pm
Vancouver, March 2: White Dwarf Books (event located at St James Hall, across the street), 7:30 pm
Winnipeg, March 5: McNally, Robinson, (Grant Park store), 7 pm
Ottawa, March 8: Perfect Books, event location and time tbd
Montreal, March 9: Paragraphe Books, 7 pm
Quebec City, March 12: --St-Lawrence College, Sainte-Foy, 10.30am, lecture on myth and history in the fantasy novel, 11am question and answer period.
                                      --La Maison Anglaise Bookstore, 7pm
Toronto, March 17: Harbourfront Reading Series, 7:30 pm (see para below)
Halifax in early April, details to be announced.

March 17: GGK will be doing the Toronto launch of The Last Light of the Sun at the Harbourfront Centre as part of their Reading Series, at 7:30 pm on March 17th. He'll read, and then be interviewed on stage by Mark Askwith, of the SPACE channel. The schedule for signings and readings for the Canadian tour (March 1-12) will also be posted as soon as I have it.

It isn't a public event, but as a note for interest, HarperCollins Canada are launching their 20th Anniversary edition of The Fionavar Tapestry (covers are here) in February with a cocktail party at the Roof Bar of the Park Hyatt Hotel in Toronto (photo here) which is a nice touch, given how the trilogy begins. Books will be on sale in two weeks. This is only a Canadian edition, but will be available at online stores (, Indigo) or from Book City, signed.

December 10: GGK will be participating in the annual on-stage reading of Dickens's A Christmas Carol as a fundraiser for charity at Toronto University's Hart House at 7.30pm. Five distinguished alumni of the university read the work, with the Hart House Choir performing in between staves. A reception for performers and audience will follow. It takes place at the Great Hall in Hart House. For more information, check out their website.

September 30: The Toronto branch of the Editors' Association of Canada is hosting 'A Celebration of Words', a reading series to be held on Tuesday, September 30 and Tuesday, October 7, from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. each evening. On September 30, Guy Gavriel Kay will read from his new book of poetry, Beyond This Dark House.

You can also enjoy readings from additional authors on both evenings. 'A Celebration of Words' be held in the Hart House Library, second floor, at 7 Hart House Circle, University of Toronto. Admission is free.

April 2003: With the publication of Beyond this Dark House in early April, GGK is going to be doing several appearances as part of a brief tour:

April 15th: 7.30pm, Hart House Library, University of Toronto

April 22nd: 7pm, White Dwarf Books

April 23rd: 7.30pm, Stanley A. Milner Library (Main), The Edmonton Room, lower level
April 24th: 7pm, Whitemud Crossing Branch Theatre Room

April 26th: 3pm, McNally Robinson, (Grant Park Store)


November 15-17: GGK will be in Montreal for the Salon du Livre. GGK will be at the Alire booth (#328-330) on the Friday night (the 15th) from 6-8 pm, with further signings Saturday 10:30-12, 1:30-3 and 4:30-6, and Sunday from 12 - 1:30, and 3 to 4. Readers who arrive with flasks of single malt scotch, given that schedule, will be especially welcome! The Salon is open to the public (with an admission fee) and takes place at the Bonaventure Hilton.

August 9-11: GGK has agreed to replace George R.R. Martin as Guest of Honour at CONVERSION 19/CANVENTION 22, the Canadian National SF Convention, at the Metropolitan Centre in Calgary, from August 9th to 11th. The convention website is at .

July 26-27: GGK has accepted an invitation to appear at the Festival of Words, in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, (his first-ever reading in the province where he was born), on July 26th and 27th. The Festival website is here

April 16-20: GGK will be doing a media and speaking tour in Croatia next week, to assist the launch of the Algoritam edition of A Song for Arbonne - the last of his books to be published in that country. The two volumes of The Sarantine Mosaic appeared in the fall, and were national bestsellers there. He'll be speaking in Zagreb on April 16th, then in Split (the site of Diocletian's Palace!) and at the national librarians' conference in Novi Vinodolski, and then will be signing books back in Zagreb on the 20th. There's a remarkably well-timed query on the Forums here as to whether he'll ever visit Croatia (he was there five years ago, for a similar launch of Tigana and Lions).

March 17-18: GGK will be speaking and reading in Vancouver, B.C. twice in March. At the Richmond Public Library on Sunday, March 17th at 3 PM, and on Monday the 18th at 7 PM at the Isaac Waldman Jewish Public Library. Both readings are funded by the Canada Council.

February 8-10: GGK will be Writer Guest of Honour at Ad Astra, Toronto's annual SF convention. GGK will be delivering a variant of the 'Home and Away' speech, offering a reading, appearing on a couple of panels, signing books, and establishing what single malts are available in the bar. On the Saturday night, Martin Springett and his band will do a long set of music inspired by the works of Tolkien and Kay. Word is that they are wonderful. The other Guest of Honour is John Howe, flying in from New Zealand and his work on the Tolkien film. Howe's work can also be seen here - he's done several of GGK's UK covers.


November 29: GGK will be appearing at the University of Waterloo in Ontario at 1 pm on the afternoon of November 29th, giving a lecture/address on contemporary use of Arthurian motifs. The core audience is a class studying Arthurian Literature under Professor Kathy McArthur, but the university will advertise it as an 'open' appearance and all are welcome.

November 1-4: The 2001 World Fantasy Convention takes place in Montreal, Canada this year. GGK has confirmed that he will be attending.

September 28-30: GGK will be appearing at the Winnipeg International Writers Festival, where the Sunburst Award (for which he is nominated) will be presented. The award ceremony is on the Saturday afternoon, and he'll be doing a reading on Sunday night. For more information on the festival, click through to their website.

June 4th: GGK will be the keynote speaker in Orillia, Ontario, at the annual conference of the College Association of Language and Learning (CALL), which is an association of all faculty teaching English in Ontario's 25 Community Colleges. This is mostly in the way of a 'for your information' as admission is not open to the public. GGK has written that he'll try to get me a copy of his speech to post on Brightweavings, though, shortly after the event.

April 23rd: GGK will be speaking at Hart House Library at the University of Toronto, by invitation of Woodsworth College, on April 23 at 7 pm. It will be a reading session followed by questions.

April 21st: GGK will be participating in the EOS Books online convention on the afternoon of April 21st. He will be participating in two chats. The first is titled 'Beyond the Wall of Sleep, and Looking In,' and will address the role of the outsider (as character or as author) in speculative and fantasy fiction. The other panelists appearing with him will be Dave Duncan, Teresa Edgerton, and Juliet McKenna. This chat will occur at 1pm, EDT. The second chat is titled 'What if John Wilkes Booth Shot My Grandfather?' and will address the employing of history and alternative histories as springboards for fantastic fiction. For this chat, GGK will be appearing together with Susan Matthews, Sean Russell, and Pamela Sargent. This chat will take place at 3pm EDT. To participate, you must register with eoscon (it's free) at

April 10th: GGK is doing an online chat for an Israeli fantasycon today, April 10th at 12.30pm EDT. Sorry for the last minute posting of this news (tech problems) but if you want to see the chat in progress, pop along to and choose the room 'Author's Chat' - you won't be able to participate by actually asking questions unless you're registered for the con, but you will be able to view it in progress.

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