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Order of Canada
Guy Gavriel Kay, C.M., LL.B.
Toronto, Ontario [Canada]
Member of the Order of Canada
Awarded on May 8, 2014; Invested on November 18, 2015
For his contributions to the field of speculative fiction as an internationally celebrated author.
Guy Gavriel Kay is Canada’s foremost author of speculative fiction. His novels are intricate fusions of history and the fantastic, with imagined characters and settings inspired by recognizable, real-world cultures, and grounded in rigorous research. Since 1990, all of his books have become national bestsellers, and his writing has been published in over 25 languages, to great acclaim. He addresses powerful subjects such as cultural imperialism, religious extremism, and the relationship between art and power, distinctively fusing narrative strength with the elegant prose and ambitious themes of literary fiction.