Under Heaven Is Under Auction


I just received the following from Guy Gavriel Kay’s publicist. I wish I could bid on this book, but I know it’s beyond me. If you can’t pay your bills on time, you really shouldn’t bid on a book. No matter how much you might REALLY want to.

To celebrate the worldwide launch of international bestseller Guy Gavriel Kay’s much anticipated new novel Under Heaven, Penguin Group (Canada) is auctioning the first book off the press anywhere in the world, 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 in Canada. The auction begins March 18, 2010 on eBay, and closes March 25, 2010.

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. Guy Gavriel Kay will personally match the winning bid to a maximum of $1000 (CDN). Additionally, Penguin Canada will match the winning bid to a maximum of $500 (CDN).

Under Heaven will go on-sale in Canada on April 3 and April 27th in the U.S. Inspired by the glory of Tang Dynasty China in the eighth century, Guy Gavriel Kay melds history and the fantastic into something both powerful and emotionally compelling. Under Heaven is a novel on the grandest narrative scale, encompassing the intimate details of individual lives in an unforgettable time and place.

Earlier this month, Penguin Group (Canada) launched a website dedicated entirely to Kay’s oeuvre, and featuring an array of music files, artwork, and downloadable wallpaper and posters, plus a first chapter excerpt of Under Heaven, a journal by the author, Twitter and Facebook links, book synopsis, and Canadian tour information.

7 Responses to “Under Heaven Is Under Auction”

  1. Janet Johnson says:

    I wish you could bid, too! Sounds like just your kind of book. 🙂 But blogging about it is next best thing, right?

  2. Sandy Shin says:

    If I could, I would totally bid on this!

  3. Victoria Dixon says:

    It is SO my kind of book, Janet. LOL.
    We could bid against each other, Sandy. ;D Hmmm. Gives me ideas for a giveaway, actually. I'm just not sure how to do it so everything's transparent….

  4. Jeannie Lin says:

    Thanks for the info Victoria. I'll definitely check out the website, but probably won't be able to bid.

  5. Victoria Dixon says:

    Yeah, I just checked the link and it's at $400 and I expect it to rise. BTW, for some reason the second link to Penguin's site wasn't working. I reset and tested it and it works now. Sorry about that!

  6. Christina Farley says:

    Wow! $400! Sounds so interesting.

  7. Victoria Dixon says:

    Yep. It's at $505, now.

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