Two big events are being hosted by the Toronto Public Library.

Under Heaven - Guy Gavriel KayThe first, at 7:00 pm on April 15th The Toronto Reference Library will be hosting world wide launch of Guy Gavriel Kay‘s newest novel, Under Heaven. Kay will be be presenting a reading from his new novel that draws its narrative inspiration from the Tang Dynasty of ancient China.  Under Heaven tells the story of Shen Tai, who is finishing his 2 years of official morning for his father among the dead of last great battle between the imperial Kitai and Tagur.  As he prepares to return home, he receives an extraordinary gift from a surprising benefactor.

Guy Gavriel Kay is one of my favorite authors.  I think his novel Tigana is my favorite book ever. No one makes me cry like this man.  Even after more than 10 readings, I am an emotional wreck after finishing the Fionavar Tapestry and have not yet forgiven him for killing of Diarmud.  Hopefully I will be able to keep my ire under wraps for the reading.

I’m planning on asking if there is any interest in making his novels into movies.  If not, there will be a copy of Tigana mailed off to Peter Jackson the next morning.  😉

You can get more details here.

Tanya HuffThe next event,  Vampire Fantasy: why are vampires the hottest idea in fantasy fiction? panel will be held at The Merril Collection of Science Fiction, Speculation and Fantasy on Friday, April 23rd at 7:00 pm.  The panel will be hosted by Chris Szego and will feature writer extraordinaire, Tanya Huff, author of the Blood Books (and perennial favorite, Summon the Keeper series).  Guests will be discussing the current resurgence and popularity of the Vampire in pop culture.

This should be fun.  Wonder if I have time to make up an ‘Austin Lives’ t-shirt?

More details here.