Ursula K. Le Guin
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On writing well:
People who don’t know how to communicate, or communicate
badly, are unhappy and spread unhappiness around them. If they communicate badly deliberately,
they are wicked, or at least discourteous, since they impose labor, pain, or
boredom on their readers.
The misuse of language induces evil in the soul.
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- Skylight by José Saramago — love, life and loss in Lisbon, a review by UKL at The Guardian
25 July 2014
- Ursula Le Guin: You never stop learning, interview by David Larsen. New Zealand Herald.
“There probably are things outside the reach of language. Quite a good many. But we must never give up, because we do learn to say things that we once didn’t know how to say.”
1 July 2014
- Hands: Photo by Moira McAuliffe
25 June 2014
- Women Remember: A Roundtable Interview, conducted by Mary Robinette Kowal at Lightspeed, with UKL, Pat Cadigan, Ellen Datlow, and Nancy Kress.
19 June 2014
- Ursula Le Guin dazzles PCC’s standing-room-only crowds, by Becky Olson and Janis Nichols, at Portland Community College News
6 June 2014
- Entanglement: Angélica Gorodischer’s Kalpa Imperial, by Sofia Samatar, at tor.com
5 June 2014
- UKL Chases Flying Squirrels #35: Mum
26 May 2014
- Alison Hallett at The Portland Mercury reports on the Powell’s Event in which UKL, Cheryl Strayed, and Lidia Yuknavitch discussed books they love that have been out of print but are being brought back by Pharos Editions. Crazy Weather, by Charles L. McNichols, includes a new introduction by UKL
From left: Kjerstin Johnson, Lidia Yuknavitch, Cheryl Strayed, and Shorty Le Guin
Photo by Lizzy Acker
17 May 2014
- Diversion Books presents The Lathe of Heaven for the first time in ebook form. Excerpt at Slate.
22 April 2014
- Free Radio Santa Cruz: Interview with UKL
on The Great Leap Forward
with John Malkin on
FREE RADIO SANTA CRUZ
101.3 FM & freakradio.org
(click on red button atop the radio tower to listen). Wednesday, April 16, 2014,
7:00 p.m. PDT. Interview will be printed in Santa Cruz Good Times, 1 May 2014.
7 April 2014
- WMC Live with Robin Morgan: Poet Ursula K. Le Guin will be featured, along with poets Irena Klepfisz and Toi Derricotte, on a special episode of “Women’s Media Center Live with Robin Morgan” this Saturday, April 12, 2014. All three women will discuss the craft of poetry and read some poems, in celebration of Poetry Month. The program airs on CBS Radio WJFK 1580 in the mid-Atlantic region at 11 AM, and posts online the same morning as a podcast on WMCLive.com and on iTunes, where it is accessed and subscribed to in 101 countries around the world.
6 April 2014
- BBC America — The Real History of Science Fiction
features UKL in Episode 2, 26 April 2014. Series begins 19 April 2014.
4 April 2014
- Ursula K. Le Guin, the Oregon Book Awards’ once and future queen, Steve Duin, The Oregonian
21 March 2014
- Tin House Books is working with Oregon Literary Arts on A Literary Arts Reader, a selection from 30 years of the Portland Arts & Lectures series, including talks by Margaret Atwood, Ursula K. Le Guin, Marilynne Robinson and other writers.
20 March 2014
- Oregon Book Awards: UKL wins Ken Kesey Award for Fiction for
The Unreal and The Real: Collected Stories Volume 1 and 2 (Small Beer Press) . “Oregon Book Awards” by Jeff Baker at Oregonlive.com
18 March 2014
- Luis Alberto Urrea and UKL at the Oregon Book Awards: Luis Alberto Urrea: “Together again. My Tia Osa Ursula K. LeGuin. She started it all for me.”
18 March 2014
- “Mountain Ways” reprinted in Clarkesworld 90.
9 March 2014
- UKL and Hugh Howey at AWP.
3 March 2014
- “The Clients of Agent Virginia Kidd
” by Andrew Liptak, at Kirkus Reviews
3 March 2014
- Book View Café presents “The New Atlantis” ebook.
19 November 2013
- The Real and Unreal: Ursula K. Le Guin, American Novelist — A major essay by Julie Phillips (author of James Tiptree, Jr.: The Double Life of Alice B. Sheldon)
Major Titles PDF [Printer-friendly PDF, 60Kb, Updated January 2013],
Biographical sketc PDF [printer-friendly],
“Read by the Author,”
Publicity photos from Laura Anglin.
Interesting Things Done by People Named Le Guin
- India in Botswana: The blog of India Downes-Le Guin
Peninsulas and Islands: A Tale for Coastal Communities, a review by Margaret Hammitt-McDonald of North Coast by Charles A. Le Guin. Signed copies available at Jupiter’s Books in Cannon Beach. [North Coast excerpts]
- The Peach Poem, by Caroline Le Guin
- Notes on the Way/Apuntes en el viaje — Elisabeth C. Le Guin blogs on her experiences living in Mexico City the summer and autumn of 2013.
- UPFOR, Theo Downes-Le Guin’s new Portland gallery, and its blog
- The Frontier Fandango, Mexico/California
Every year people meet at the edge of the ocean, on the two sides of the fence between the two countries, to sing, play, and dance the music of Vera Cruz called “son jarocho.” My daughter Elisabeth has been learning this music, and this year she took a video camera to the Fandango. The fence is so high and now so thick that the people can barely see one another, but the music and love and grief and longing come through, loud and clear.
“The Video...” by Elisabeth Le Guin
- The Galixee, According to C.H. Downes-Le Guin
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