Ursula K. Le Guin


Worlds of Ursula K. Le Guin

A Documentary by Arwen Curry


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Worlds of Ursula K. Le Guin, the first feature documentary about Ursula K. Le Guin, is up and running. In 2015, the National Endowment for the Humanities awarded the project a prestigious production grant, but they won’t release the funding until the entire budget has been raised. So Producer/Director Arwen Curry and her team have launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise the rest of the funding.

Please donate if you can, and spread the word!

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  • 110. High Noon in Harney County: Thirty-Five Days, a blog post by UKL
  • 5 February 2016

  • The High Mountains of Portugal by Yann Martel review — a surreal offering from the Life of Pi author, a review by UKL at The Guardian
  • 4 February 2016

  • A WONDERFUL AMAZING VIDEO! A Wizard of Earthsea on Avenue D, from Lower Eastside Girls Club of New York City

  • Holding Google Accountable
  • 2 February 2016

  • High Noon in Harney County
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    Photo by Peter Walker - Reprinted with the kind permission of the photographer.
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      In Burns, on Sunday Jan 31, there were two conflicting demonstrations, one by anti-government agitators mostly from outside Harney County, many of them armed — and one by local citizens, none visibly armed, demanding that the outsiders go home. These photographs by Peter Walker are mostly of the local people.

      Peter Walker’s photos, on Facebook
    • 2 February 2016

    • “We have to rely on what’s in the hearts of others.”

      That’s what Harney County Sheriff Dave Ward said in the midst of the armed occupation of the Malheur Wildlife Refuge by a group of radical militants dressed up as cowboys. It was a remarkable thing to say, at that point. Sheriff Ward is a remarkable man. His conduct throughout the intensely divisive, always potentially violent siege has shown steadfast compassion, courage, and loyalty to the democratic principle of free speech. The Oregonian says it well in this editorial:

      Sheriff Dave Ward, the true patriot in Harney County’s spectacle, Editorial by The Oregonian Editorial Board, at oregonlive.com

      The occupation of Refuge headquarters drags on, maintained by four loons with no intelligible program beyond posing, posturing, stupid defiance, and wanton destruction, while they rely on the laws and lawmen of the government they despise to keep them safe.

      Until they’re cleaned out, we won’t even know the extent of the immediate damage to our property — your property and mine, federal property: this very fragile wildlife refuge, with its ongoing scientific work and its successful collaborations with local ranchers and the Wadatika Paiute people.

      So what Sheriff Ward said after the FBI arrest of the ringleaders last week still stands:

      “This has been tearing our community apart. It’s time for everyone in this illegal occupation to move on. It doesn’t have to be bloodshed in our community. If we have issues with the way things are going in our government, we have a responsibility as citizens to act on them in an appropriate manner. We don’t arm up and rebel.... This can’t happen anymore. This can’t happen in America. And it can’t happen in Harney County.” — Sheriff Dave Ward
    • 31 January 2016

    • Bundy Siege: No Win in Sight, by Diane Rapaport
    • 30 January 2016

    • We can now make our own eyewitness report of what happened on the road north from Burns, thanks to this 25-minute video the FBI has released, made from their plane following the chase, roadblock, shooting, and arrests. Though the scene must have been a madhouse of bullhorns and gunshots, the film is eerily silent — as silent as the miles and miles of snowy, forested hills surrounding that stretch of road.

      Mr Finicum had said clearly that he’d rather get shot than go to jail. What he did is on the video, and we can all read it as we see it. What I see is a man getting what he wanted.

      — UKL

      30 January 2016

      Unedited FBI video:

    • 30 January 2016

    • More Information & Links of Interest
    • 20 January 2016

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    The first Arabic translation of any of my books, A Wizard of Earthsea, has been published in Egypt. The translator is Mona Elnamoury, and the copyright is held by the publisher, the Egyptian National Center for Translation.

  • 27 January 2016

  • Ursula Le Guin: Late in the Day (Poems 2010-2014), podcast conducted by David Wilk at WritersCast [33:27]
  • 16 January 2016

  • Ursula K. Le Guin’s Late in the Day Asks You to Put Down the Smartphone, by Lizzy Acker, at Willamette Week.
  • 14 January 2016

  • 108. Some Books I Read in 2015

    11 January 2016

  • Annals of Pard: Pard’s Christmas 2015
  • 4 January 2016

  • 106. A Child Who Survived
  • 28 December 2015

  • The Tiptree Symposium, December 2015: Photos and video links
  • 21 December 2015

  • New Karl Kroeber photo
  • 14 December 2015

  • Dancing Elk
    Dancing Elk: Photos by Rex Amos
  • 13 December 2015

  • GerroldUKLCharnas-tiptreesymposium
    David Gerrold, UKL, Suzy McKee Charnas at the James Tiptree Jr. Symposium at the University of Oregon, Dec 6, 2015. A very good time was had by all.
  • 7 December 2015

  • Ruby the Vulture and Ursula at Portland Audubon Society’s 35th Wild Arts Festival
  • 7 December 2015

  • ElisabethLeGuin-201511Elisabeth Le Guin receives American Musicological Society’s highest honor. “Elisabeth Le Guin, a professor of musicology and director of graduate studies at the UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music, won the American Musicological Society’s Otto Kinkeldey Award...”
  • 18 November 2015

  • Schedule Update: 2016
  • 17 November 2015

  • Index of information, videos, links for NBF Medal Ceremony

Speech in Acceptance of the National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters

To the givers of this beautiful reward, my thanks, from the heart. My family, my agents, my editors, know that my being here is their doing as well as my own, and that the beautiful reward is theirs as much as mine. And I rejoice in accepting it for, and sharing it with, all the writers who’ve been excluded from literature for so long — my fellow authors of fantasy and science fiction, writers of the imagination, who for fifty years have watched the beautiful rewards go to the so-called realists.

Hard times are coming, when we’ll be wanting the voices of writers who can see alternatives to how we live now, can see through our fear-stricken society and its obsessive technologies to other ways of being, and even imagine real grounds for hope. We’ll need writers who can remember freedom — poets, visionaries — realists of a larger reality.

Right now, we need writers who know the difference between production of a market commodity and the practice of an art. Developing written material to suit sales strategies in order to maximise corporate profit and advertising revenue is not the same thing as responsible book publishing or authorship.

Yet I see sales departments given control over editorial. I see my own publishers, in a silly panic of ignorance and greed, charging public libraries for an e-book 6 or 7 times more than they charge customers. We just saw a profiteer try to punish a publisher for disobedience, and writers threatened by corporate fatwa. And I see a lot of us, the producers, who write the books and make the books, accepting this — letting commodity profiteers sell us like deodorant, and tell us what to publish, what to write.

Books aren’t just commodities; the profit motive is often in conflict with the aims of art. We live in capitalism, its power seems inescapable — but then, so did the divine right of kings. Any human power can be resisted and changed by human beings. Resistance and change often begin in art. Very often in our art, the art of words.

I’ve had a long career as a writer, and a good one, in good company. Here at the end of it, I don’t want to watch American literature get sold down the river. We who live by writing and publishing want and should demand our fair share of the proceeds; but the name of our beautiful reward isn’t profit. Its name is freedom.

Thank you.

Ursula K. Le Guin

November 19, 2014

This text may be quoted without obtaining permission from the author, or copied in full so long as the copyright information is included:

Copyright © 2014 Ursula K. Le Guin


Index of information, videos, links for NBF Medal Ceremony

Interesting Things Done by People Named Le Guin & Kroeber

Archive of Announcements and New on the Website Items


Current Publications

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Late in the Day
Steering the Craft, 2nd Edition
WorldSplitOpen-200x300 The New Atlantis ebook at Book View Cafe
The Unreal and the Real: Volume One The Unreal and the Real: Volume Two
Finding My Elegy

The Six Books of Earthsea

A Wizard of Earthsea The Tombs of Atuan The Farthest Shore
Tehanu Tales from Earthsea The Other Wind

Music and Poetry of the Kesh Walking in Cornwall Villanelles Cover for Out Here -- Poems and drawings by Ursula K. Le Guin, Photography by Roger Dorband
The Wild Girls 80! Memories & Reflections on Ursula K. Le Guin Lavinia, by Ursula K. Le Guin (UK Paperback) Lavinia, by Ursula K. Le Guin (UK Hardcover) lao tzu: tao te ching Cheek by Jowl, by Ursula K. Le Guin -- Aqueduct Press Cat Dreams Left Hand of Darkness 40th Anniversary Edition. Artist: Paul Young Cover for The Lathe of Heaven King Dog: A Screenplay for the Mind's Eye
Cover for GIFTS by Ursula K. Le Guin Cover for Voices, by Ursula K. Le Guin Cover for Powers, by Ursula K. Le Guin

Walking in Cornwall Cover for Incredible Good Fortune
LADeDeDa, by Ursula K. Le Guin and Vonda N. McIntyre Cover for The Wave in the Mind by Ursula K. Le Guin
In the Blast Zone -- Cover Mythmakers and Lawbreakers: Anarchist Writers on Fiction

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