Friday, May 20, 2016
Book Tour and Signing
The past week my better half and I did one of our infrequent fliers up the road to Saskatoon (a 2.5 hour drive each way). Unlike our typical "god we need to get out of town" trips, this one came with a specific purpose. One of our favourite authors Guy Gabriel Kay was at our favourite bookstore for a reading and signing.
Kay is a Canadian fantasy writer who writes very very good books set in alternate worlds that close follow our own histories. This are not slash and f*ck novels, but wonderful thought provoking books that are also great reads. And yes there is some S&Fing in the process and tons of inspiration for any historical gamer. The Lions of Al-Rassan (go read this book for El-Cid inspiration, it got me hooked!) for instance parallels el-Cid and Al Andalusia, Under Heaven mirrors Tang dynasty China etc. His latest is Children of Earth and Sky is in a Renaissance Venetian Empire themed setting. It was published on May 10th, and Kay was doing his signing in Saskatoon two days later. In a case of serendipity, I had a meeting set for the afternoon of 12th, but this was cancelled freeing me to take the day and to do the junket.
Kay was a very funny and interesting speaker and we now have a signed copy of his brand new book. I am looking forward to reading it once my wife finishes it.