Trudi Canavan

bestselling author of The Black Magician Trilogy

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Epic: Legends of Fantasy

I’m still catching up on posts I couldn’t publish while this site was being fixed. Most frustrating of all was not being able to get this one blogged. I could have posted it while I was at Supanova, but then it might have disappeared too quickly among posts about the expos. Better to wait and give it a full week at the top of the front page of my site.

And it is an excellent present suggestion for this time of year.

Anyway… remember the novella I wrote covering the story behind the banning of black magic? The one that was published in an anthology that was only available in Australia for ages? Well, it’s been reprinted in this fabulous book:

And not only that, but alongside an amazing list of authors:

Foreword — Brent Weeks
Introduction — John Joseph Adams
Homecoming — Robin Hobb
The Word of Unbinding — Ursula K. Le Guin
The Burning Man — Tad Williams
As the Wheel Turns — Aliette de Bodard
The Alchemist — Paolo Bacigalupi
Sandmagic — Orson Scott Card
The Road to Levinshir — Patrick Rothfuss
Rysn — Brandon Sanderson
While the Gods Laugh — Michael Moorcock
Mother of All Russiya — Melanie Rawn
Riding the Shore of the River of Death — Kate Elliott
The Bound Man — Mary Robinette Kowal
The Narcomancer — N. K. Jemisin
Strife Lingers in Memory — Carrie Vaughn
The Mad Apprentice — Trudi Canavan
Otherling — Juliet Marillier
The Mystery Knight — George R. R. Martin

See? An impressive list of authors and an excellent present for someone who loves fantasy – especially if you can’t remember exactly whose work they like to read or if they have that author’s book already. There’s sure to be something in this they know and love, and perhaps someone whose work they haven’t yet discovered.

(I never thought I’d see my name listed alongside Ursula K. Le Guin’s. Every time I see that my heart does a little flutter.)

December Calendar – Akkarin

Well, of course I saved him ’til last.

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Supanova Adelaide – the Party

The theme of the VIP cocktail party was Moulin Rogue. After admiring all the costuming during the day, it was fun to have a chance to dress up. Paul brought along an instamatic camera, which is always entertaining. (I call it faux-instagram.)

Me & Missy

Felicity & me

Jo & Ineke

Me, Howard & ? (anyone help?)

Felicia & me

Ineke & me

Brit & me (Actually, this was on the Sunday night, but I had to get a shot of the lovely Brit up as well.)

Supanova Adelaide – At the Expo

After having such a great time at Supanova in Brisbane, I did wonder if Supanova in Adelaide could live up to it. But it did – in spades. And this time I didn’t catch camnesia. (However, I did catch the con bug, and have been a bit under the weather since I got back.)

I arrived late Friday night, so missed the opening, but soon after settling in the hotel bar many of the other guests began arriving and next thing I knew it was midnight.

The next day we all headed to the Showgrounds and to the Dymocks stall. In addition to Rachel, Heidi and Joe I was joined by Fiona McIntosh, Sean Williams, Juliet Marillier and D M Cornish and Colin Taber.

Each day we were whisked away to talk on a panel:

But most of the time we signed books, chatted, shared survival rations (chocolate, lollies, nuts) and took photos of the passing crowd. The Dymocks stand was positioned right by the entrance to the trading room, so we got to see the costumes as they came in from the entrance hall. These two paused to discuss their next strategy:

Star Wars was a popular theme. Here’s Sean Williams with the 501s:

Batman looks on proudly as his son tests his light sabre training:

Who, me?

I had to run after these guys in order to catch them before they disappeared into a panel:

But this one stopped to strike a pose:

Fiona McIntosh, as it turns out, has a soft spot for wookies:

Cat woman struts her stuff:

Steampunk bellydancer and some scary companions:


One of Fiona’s fans with awesome eyes and what looked like a very heavy pair of wings:

Flirting with the Dalek:

Some friends of mine dropped by:

Including Steve, in his steampunk costume:

And his wife:

Then Steve returned on Sunday with this awesome face make-up:

I have more photos – I well and truly made up for the camnesia of the weekend before – but I’m saving them for another post. Stay tuned…

Supanova Brisbane 2012

Last week I headed up to Brisbane to join in the fun at Supanova. Arriving on Thursday, I had dinner with the guests who had also already arrived, and found myself at the end of the table chatting to Howard Chaykin and Tom Felton.

The next day I did some shopping, heading to The Pen Shoppe where I bought my signing pen a year and a half ago. I needed some ink and new nib for my signing pen (turned out a year and a half of signings had worn it out!). Then I headed to my favourite Brisbane clothing shop, Maiocchi, for a new frock.

Suitably prepared, I then joined the guests waiting for the shuttle bus to the show, and met a lovely pair of writers, Rachel Caine and Heidi:

We headed to the show and the signing began. I was seized by the magnetic charm of a fan in a Sailor Moon costume, and when a photograph was requested I begged for one in return:

Awesome. In fact, I wished I’d had more time to watch all the costumed attendees go by but, on the other hand, I got to meet a whole lot of wonderful fans.

Later on Friday Joe Abercrombie arrived. Much stirring and hilarity ensued.

Joe totally gets Aussie humour (or he does a great job of pretending to). If he wasn’t dubbed an honourary Aussie at GenreCon the previous weekend, he certainly will be by the end of Supanova Adelaide.

On Saturday I suffered a bout of camnesia and didn’t take any photos. But I can tell you it was fabulous. Lots of signing. John Birmingham, Alison Goodman, Kylie Chan and Marianne Curley joined us and much signing, writing advice and general good fun ensued at the Dymocks stall.

Oh, and there were actors. Lots of actors. And voice actors. And comic book illustrators and writers. I finally remembered my camera on Saturday morning, and took the opportunity to have a pic taken with the charming Luke Perry:

And the totally awesome Felicia Day:

(We hadn’t quite got the ‘everybody look at the same camera at the same time’ thing going.)

On Monday I headed into Brisbane on the hunt for bookstore stock to sign. First I visited Pulp Fiction, then A&R at the Post Office Centre, then Dymocks, leaving plenty of signed copies of all my books behind.

Yesterday I headed home. I had a fabulous weekend and I’m still on a Supanova high. In fact, when I unpacked my bags I immediately began repacking them ready for next weekend, when I’ll be heading over to Supanova Adelaide.


Supanova Brisbane is only a week away! And Supanova Adelaide only two weeks away! I keep looking at the awesome line-up of stars and muttering ‘Wow!’ under my breath. Go look. That slide show of amazing guests goes on and on and on.

My humble self will be at the Dymocks stand with my signing pen and bookmarks, so come by with your books (or anything else you’d like autographed) and say hello.

November Calendar – Savara

Over the last month or so I’ve been arranging, with the help of the lovely people at Orbit, to have all my internetty stuff moved to a new hosting service. The old company didn’t have the most recent version of something which meant I couldn’t upgrade WordPress, which meant my website was not particularly secure.

The website, as you can see, is up and running again, but there are still a few images to reload and links to be fixed. I’ve removed the old blog, too, and since there are links in the site to some posts from that time I’m going to either re-post them or add them as pages. I also have some news to post – a novella publication and some coming appearances.

Apologies, too, for the lateness of this month’s calendar:

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October Calendar – Tyvara

There’s a good chance this post will vanish soon during the website fix up, but I figure it’s better to put it up here and reconstruct later than be late with the calendar.

A friend’s daughter posed for the reference photos for both Tyvara and Savara. (Thanks Beany!) I decided to portray her as a slave, at the moment when Lorkin first really looks at her. Though the pose is submissive, the direct stare is not. I also noticed that in one of the reference shots Beany had crooked a finger, which reminded me of the gesture of crossing fingers behind the back when lying, so I added that to hint at Tyvara’s secret identity.

She looks younger than she is, which is due to the tilt of her head. The lower eyes are the more childish a face looks, the higher the more masculine. But of course, when you tilt your head forward it shifts the eye line lower, which is a little hard to compensate for in a line drawing.

I managed to get the last three character sketches done in the same session. Obviously Savara is next. And I’m sure you can guess who I’ve saved for last.

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Down for Maintenance

Over the next few weeks this site will be getting a bit of an overhaul. When all is done it shouldn’t look any different, but some bugs should be fixed. As you may have already noticed, a few links aren’t working and lots of images.

The contact email should still work for a while, but comments and guestbook entries made from this week onwards will not survive. So if you’re here to make either, please wait a few weeks.

I’ll post to let you know when everything is back to normal.

Ebook Availability Update – Good News!

For the last year or so I’ve been checking to see which of my books were available as ebooks in the Australasian region. A few months ago I got in contact with the lovely people at HarperCollins to see if anything could be done to get the missing ones to show up.

Well, after some weeks of emails going back and forth and what sounds like some serious wrangling at their end, they sorted out the problem. So I am now happy to report that:

Amazon – All books available!

iBookstore – All books available!

Kobo – All books available! (But for The Traitor Queen search under “Trudi Canavan” not “Canavan Trudi”.)

Angus&Robertson – All books available!

Bookworld (formerly Borders) – All books available!

Google Play – All books available!

So a big thank you to Deonie and the team at HarperCollins for their hard work and persistence in fixing the problem. It’s great to know that all my books are now available as ebooks for readers in the Australasian region, in multiple formats.