As longtime readers of mine know… I can say longtime readers! I’ve been doing this for more than a year! <cough> Sorry. As I was saying, I love Guy Gavriel Kay. He is my favorite author, and that’s saying something when you’ve read literally thousands of books.
I have been waiting anxiously for his newest novel, River of Stars to be released (It’s coming in April, the second, to be precise, not that I’m jumping up and down with excitement or anything). From what I’ve read, it looks similar to Under Heaven, which was amazing. So what, you may ask, can possibly make him better?
He auctioned off three ARCs of this book for charity, to raise money to help pay the medical bills of people in the sf/fantasy community who are struggling, starting with legendary bookseller Duane Wilkins from the University of Washington bookstore. He is the first beneficiary of a charity has been started for the community at Grim Oak Press.
But wait, there’s more.
He also is offering the first book off the press up for auction (it’s already started, hurry), proceeds going to the Love of Reading foundation. You guys may remember me passing the hat for these guys last fall; they raise money for the literacy programs of high-needs schools across Canada. With your help last year, we raised around $7,000 for one of the schools. Sadly, I do not have the money to participate in this kind of auction, because if I did I wouldn’t even be telling you about this.
Here is the official <insert trumpet heraldry> announcement by Penguin:
A chance at auction to win the FIRST copy of Guy Gavriel Kay’s RIVER OF STARS
To celebrate the worldwide launch of international bestseller Guy Gavriel Kay’s much anticipated new novel River of Stars, Penguin Canada is auctioning the first book of the first print run, autographed by the author. Signed and verified by the printer and the publisher, this first copy includes a product identification slip and letter from the printing press identifying the book as the first copy printed of the first edition.
All proceeds from the auction will be donated to Indigo Books & Music, Inc.’s Love of Reading Fund. The fund directly supports high-needs elementary school literacy programs across Canada.
Inspired by the glittering and decadent Song Dynasty, River of Stars immerses us into an epic tale of prideful emperors, battling courtiers, nomadic invasions and of a woman fighting to find her place in the world. Guy Gavriel Kay, once again, astonishes with his skilled balance of fantasy, historical fiction, romance, and literary style and craft that results in an unforgettable journey destined to be one of his greatest achievements to date.
River of Stars will go on-sale in Canada and the United States on April 2, 2013.
The bidding is open until March 10th, and here is the official bidding link: River of Stars Auction
If, you know, you wanted to buy it for me as a present, I’d be okay with that.