Guy Gavriel Kay was born in Weyburn, Saskatchewan, and raised in Winnipeg. In the 1970ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s he was retained by the Estate of J.R.R. Tolkien to assist in the editorial construction of TolkienÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s The Silmarillion. Kay became Principal Writer and Associate Producer for the CBC radio series, ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œThe Scales of JusticeÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Â. He has written social and political commentary for the National Post and the Globe and Mail and for The Guardian in England, and has spoken on a variety of topics at universities and conferences around the world.
In 1984, Kay’s first novel, The Summer Tree, the first volume of The Fionavar Tapestry, was published Ãƒâ€šÂ in Canada, the United States and the United Kingdom, and then in a number of countries and languages. In 1990 Viking CanadaÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s edition of his novel Tigana reached the national bestseller list, and his next book A Song for Arbonne debuted at #1 nationally. Kay has been a bestseller with each novel since. Translations now exceed twenty languages and Kay has toured and read on behalf of his publishers and at literary events around the world with his most recent international appearance being in China. He was been nominated for and has won numerous literary awards and is the recipient of the International Goliardos Prize for his contributions to the literature of the fantastic. His most recent novel is Under Heaven.
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