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frequently asked questions

What is GGK's next book going to be? Which period of history will it be inspired by? When is it going to be published?
Is GGK planning on writing any more books set in the world of Fionavar?
Is there a sequel planned for Tigana?
I noticed that Last Light of the Sun is termed "book one" of a series on various sites; does this mean there is a "book two" planned?
How many books are there in The Sarantine Mosaic?
Do you have a complete bibliography of GGK's books on the site? How many languages have his books been translated into?
Where can I find out more about the historical periods that underlie GGK's historical fantasies?
Can I contact GGK?
Where can I find out if GGK is going to be doing readings or signings?
Can you help me get a signed copy of any of GGK's books?
Why are some of GGK's books out of print?
Will GGK's books all be released in audio format?
Will there be any films made based on GGK's books?
Can I use GGK's worlds in role-playing games/fanfiction?
What is the significance of the character Ashar ibn Ashar in The Sarantine Mosaic?
How do I register for the forums?
Do you sell GGK books, or anything else GGK-related?
Do you have any book recommendations for fiction similar to GGK?
Do you have a site newsletter?
Can I advertise on Bright Weavings? What are your rates? How many visitors do you get?
Can I link to Bright Weavings? Can I copy any of the material on the site for my own use?
Can I contribute to the Bright Weavings site?



What is GGK's next book going to be? Which period of history will it be inspired by? When is it going to be published?

Guy Gavriel Kay's new novel is once more inspired by Chinese history, this time during the Song Dynasty, almost four centuries after the story told in his bestselling Under Heaven. The dazzling elements of the Song - cultural brilliance, vicious political rivalries, warfare against nomadic peoples, court mandarins versus the military - are rich ground for Kay's unique blending of fantasy and themes of history. Vivid among a large cast, a young man with a dream of regaining the empire's lost 'rivers and mountains' and a brilliant woman trying to shape a space for herself outside the 'inner quarters', where women are expected to live out their lives, confront the challenges and dangers of a world in turmoil. The Song Dynasty's legacy is prominent in the way Westerners imagine Chinese history to this day and Kay weaves a story that captivates on both an epic scale and within the intimate lives of his characters. The expected release date is 2013.

Is GGK planning on writing any more books set in the world of Fionavar?

GGK doesn't have any plans to revisit the world of Fionavar in any future book. The glancing references to Fionavar in his other books are not intended as an overarching tying together of worlds, but more as a 'grace note'. To read more about them, look at the annotated ggk in the scholarship section.

Is there a sequel planned for Tigana?

Some people have interpreted the last line of Tigana as leaving a way open for a sequel. This is not the case; GGK is not planning a sequel.

I noticed that Last Light of the Sun is termed "book one" of a series on various sites; does this mean there is a "book two" planned?

GGK has explained that 'The Northlands' was a working, just-for-easier-discussion name used while the book was being written, which found it's way into some internal documents which in turn led to someone mistakingly releasing the "Book 1" line online. GGK has confirmed that no sequel was intended or is planned.

How many books are there in The Sarantine Mosaic?

There are only two books in The Sarantine Mosaic, not three, as some people have assumed. They are Sailing to Sarantium and Lord of Emperors.

Do you have a complete bibliography of GGK's books on the site? How many languages have his books been translated into?

No, I'm afraid there is no complete bibliography of GGK's books on the site at present - too much work for the moment. You can have a look at the art gallery section for a good idea of the variety of countries he's been published in, but that's not exhaustive, and isn't a true bibliography. If you have information on different editions etc, please do send it in, and I'll start compiling one. At the latest count, GGK's books have been translated into seventeen languages.

Where can I find out more about the historical periods that underlie GGK's historical fantasies?

After the Fionavar Tapestry, all of GGK's books to greater or lesser extents have been inspired by different periods of our own world history. He does a great deal of reading about these periods, and a lot of 'real world' detail underlies his fantasies. GGK has written a detailed essay outlining his sources of inspiration, and listing the most important reference books he used. You can find it in the bibliographies section. There are also short descriptions of the different historical periods to be found in one of the reviews in the reviews section.

Can I contact GGK?

I can't give out GGK's private email (or home) address, but if you want to contact him, you can send an email to me and I will pass it on. I can't guarantee a reply, but I can guarantee he will see the email. If you want to write him via snailmail, then write him care of his publishers in Canada. The address is:

Penguin Group (Canada)
90 Eglinton Avenue East, Suite 700
Toronto, Ontario M4P 2Y3

There are very active discussion boards on the site (the forums section), and GGK does post there occasionally. There is even a particular thread titled 'If you had one question for GGK, what would it be' and he has been known to answer some of those questions. So do pay the forums a visit and leave your question there; you might get lucky. And even if you don't, there's a lot of good conversation going on there.

Where can I find out if GGK is going to be doing readings or signings?

There is a sub section in the News section called 'Readings and Screenings' where I list all the places, online and offline, where GGK will be appearing to read, or to speak, or to do signings. All the latest information is there.

Can you help me get a signed copy of any of GGK's books?

As of January 2002, there is way people can get signed, personalized copies of in-print Canadian editions of GGK's books. Here's how:

Over the past few years, a great many readers have asked me to autograph and personalize copies of my books: for themselves, or often for friends or spouses, as gifts. I always try to accomodate these requests, but it gets complex with cross-border shipments and I'm afraid it can also become a nuisance for my literary agency, which has been good enough to serve as a mail drop for these packages going back and forth. Over the holiday break I did some thinking about this, and had a coffee with the manager of Book City on Danforth Avenue, here in Toronto, one of my favourite bookstores. They've agreed to something I hope will please the Brightweavings denizens, and simplify a process for all of us. I'm very grateful to the Book City people for helping craft at least a partial solution to a situation where it was becoming difficult to accede to a great many requests. -- GGK

So, anyone wishing to purchase a signed copy of one of the in-print Canadian editions can call Book City at 416.469.9997 and give them either a VISA or Mastercard number to pay for the book and shipping costs to wherever you are. (They'll tell you the costs.) The staff at the store will hold the book for GGK to sign and personalize (be sure to spell the name carefully for them!) and then ship it to you. There are limitations to this, obviously. Those of you wanting existing copies signed will have to try to catch up with GGK at a conference or reading somewhere - I'll usually post when and where he's doing public appearances. The other limitation is - to repeat - that this applies to the in-print Canadian editions. These are the trade paperbacks of all the books up to the Mosaic. The Sarantium books are both mass market paperbacks now (same cover design as the hardbacks), and apparently will be for another 6-12 months, when they'll be redone in trade paper, to match up with the Canadian editions for the other historical fantasies. The designs for all these editions can be found here on Brightweavings, if you want a look

Why are some of GGK's books out of print?

English-language copies of A Song for Arbonne are hard to come by just now, except in Canada, and The Lions of Al-Rassan is hard to obtain in the U.K. Until recently, The Fionavar Tapestry books were hard to come by in the U.S. All of this is not for bad reasons, but because it is standard procedure in the publishing business to let current editions slide out of print before issuing new editions. That's what is happening now. Both ROC in the States, and Simon & Schuster/Earthlight in the U.K. are reissuing Arbonne this year. ROC is launching a trade paperback - to match their current Tigana and their brand new versions of the Tapestry, published in May and June of 2001 with fantastic new artwork by Janny Wurts and Don Maitz (see pictures here). In England, Earthlight have acquired the rights to Arbonne and The Lions of Al-Rassan and are bringing both out this year, with covers in a style that will synchronize with their new cover for Lord of Emperors. Keep an eye on the news section of the site for announcements of publication dates.

Will GGK's books all be released in audio format?

GGK's agents and acquiring editors are in discussions to work through the remaining ebook contracts. All titles should eventually be available.

Will there be any films made based on GGK's books?

One novel has already come close (when Warner Brothers optioned The Lions of Al-Rassan - you can read the press release here) but the project did not come to pass. Discussions continue on that book, however, as well as others. Any future announcements or updates will be posted in the news section as they are released.

Can I use GGK's worlds in role-playing games/fanfiction?

Many people have asked about the possibility of using GGK's worlds/characters in either fanfiction, or in online role-playing/computer/video games. Considerately, they have asked about permission for such things, and what GGK thinks of them. Obviously there is nothing to stop someone from using the name of one of GGK's characters as their handle in an online situation. However, when it comes to things like fanfic and creating games etc, issues of copyright arise. GGK can't, and wouldn't, give permission for such things because of the problems they'd create for him. Copyright law means that authors (copyrightholders) have sole right to create and license derivative works. That means that any fanfic or role playing etc that uses characters or worlds, (but not themes) is illegal for profitable publication. It would be unwise, also, for explicit permission to be given by the copyrightholder even in case of non-profit publication.

What is the significance of the character Ashar ibn Ashar in The Sarantine Mosaic?

Many people have been puzzled by the appearance of the enigmatic figure of Ashar ibn Ashar in the Mosaic, a tribal leader who leaves his people and journeys "into the sands." He seems greatly significant, he 'changes the world soon after' but nothing more is said about him in the book. Who is he? The Sarantine Mosaic is set in the same world as that of The Lions of Al-Rassan, but a few centuries beforehand. Ibn Ashar is the forerunner of Islam, GGK's 'Mohammed' and this is a reference to the creation of a new religion that will change the world (particularly the Byzantine world that inspired Sarantium). The results of that change are part of what Lions is about. The Asharites are GGK's equivalents of Moslems in Lions.

How do I register for the forums?

You don't have to register for the forums in order to read discussions, but if you wish to contribute to discussion registration is easy. Simply go to the forums section of the site and select "Register." Provide a username, password, and answer the security question and you're done! You can email me at deborah@brightweavings if you have any questions.

Do you sell GGK books, or anything else GGK-related?

You can buy GGK's books through the site. You can use the amazon search box on every page of the site to buy from amazon.com, and if you want to buy from chapters (Canada) or amazon uk, you can click on the appropriate cover in the appropriate page in the books section to buy the book. I will receive a small percentage every time you click through from the site, which will help me in the ongoing running of the site. You can also, obviously, buy other books from those shopping sites, and if you click through from here first, I'll get a small percentage from those sales too. There are also some posters and bookmarks of Martin Springett's beautiful covers of The Fionavar Tapestry available to buy through the site. Click here to get to them. There are a number of books listed in GGK's Bibliography essay here, and these can also be bought with click-throughs, as can the books I list in my recommendations page.

Do you have any book recommendations for fiction similar to GGK?

I have no fiction recommendations directly from GGK, although he does mention in various interviews some authors that he likes. I have a page of recommendations of my own, which is a true 'shortlist' of works I consider truly excellent, although they're not necessarily similar to GGK. I'm grateful for all the suggestions for further reading I receive; books I haven't read yet definitely go on a list for future reading. If I haven't added them to the recommendations that doesn't mean I didn't like them; it's not an exhaustive list, but a very select one.

Do you have a site newsletter?

Yes, it's called 'Warp and Weft' and you can subscribe to it here. You can also read archived copies of past newsletters. It tends to go out about once a month, and contains all the latest news, as well as announcements of what's new on the site, and various other tidbits.

Can I advertise on Bright Weavings? What are your rates? How many visitors do you get?

At the moment I have no plans to offer advertising on Bright Weavings. If I get many requests/enquiries I might change that. I get approximately 10,000 unique visitors per month, and around 35,000 page views; those numbers rise steadily every month, and were true of April 2001.

Can I link to Bright Weavings? Can I copy any of the material on the site for my own use?

You can certainly link to Bright Weavings from your website, whether to the front page or any other particular article. If you want an icon, email me and I'll send one to you. As far as copying material, if it's for your own personal use offline, you can of course print it off or copy it. However, copyright is asserted by GGK and the various interviewers, writers and publications, so please do not copy them in any public forum, on or offline, or distribute them - or we may lose access to these pieces, or others that I'm chasing or have been promised. I have permission to post them specifically on this site; not elsewhere.

Can I contribute to the Bright Weavings site?

I am always happy to receive submissions for various sections of the site; essays for the scholarship section, art for the gallery, music or lyrics inspired by the books, transcripts of interviews, reviews...There is a 'screening' process, so not everything will definitely go up, but please do submit, and you'll get a reply asap. I'm also always happy to hear any kind of feedback; comments or suggestions for the site. And of course, the forums are open for all kinds of discussion which you can contribute to. Looking forward to seeing you there! If you have enjoyed the site in such a way that you feel you would like to contribute materially towards its upkeep, then there is a way to do so in an anonymous (if you wish), secure way. Click on the graphic on the right to use the paypal system. And thank you very much!






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