Ursula K. Le Guin
A Documentary by Arwen Curry
The first feature documentary about Ursula K. Le Guin is in progress. To complete the National Endowment for the Humanities’ $600,000 grant to the project, producer/director Arwen Curry turned to a Kickstarter campaign to raise $80,000. That goal was met in three days. By the end of the month the campaign had brought in over $234,000 in pledges.
Look for the completed film in 2017. And THANKS to all contributors!!!
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- A Book from Ursula Le Guin for Every Age, by M. Lynx Qualey. Book Riot.
20 September 2016
- 'She makes the ordinary feel as important as the epic': the gift of Ursula Le Guin, by John Plotz. The Guardian.
20 September 2016
- Argentina: Una corona para una pluma venerable: Entrevista. Ursula K. Le Guin será editada en vida por The Library of América, gran biblioteca de consagrados. Sólo cuatro escritores lo han logrado, by David Streitfeld (from NYT).
17 September 2016
- France: Ursula K. Le Guin entre dans la Library of America, par Renardeau. elbakin.net
17 September 2016
- France: Ursula Le Guin consacrée par la Library of America ― comme un gout de Nobel, par
Clément Solym. actualitte.com
17 September 2016
- Book Probe, by Joe Crowe. Revolution Science Fiction
17 September 2016
- New Adventures: 24 of the most exciting science fiction and fantasy books coming out in September, by Andrew Liptak. theverge.com
17 September 2016
- My Motherland: Finding—and writing—the worlds where only I had been, by Ursula K. Le Guin. Paris Review
16 September 2016
- The Complete Orsinia Cements Ursula K. Le Guin’s Status as a Literary Legend, by Ceridwen Christensen. Barnes & Noble
- Blog Post 117. Health Update.
I’m sorry about not keeping up my blog posts, but everything got interrupted for me this summer when my congenital heart murmur (leaky valve) finally began to exact its toll.... [Continued]
- New anthology reveals Ursula Le Guin in a world beyond/before science fiction, by Amy Wang. OregonLive.
Library of America celebrates the publication of Ursula K. Le Guin’s The Complete Orsinia with their story of the week: “Imaginary Countries.
7 September 2016
- Now available from The Library of America: The Complete Orsinia. [Table of Contents]
More Orsinia News:
Le Guin’s Orsinia Tales Earn Prestigious Publication, by April Baer. OPB.org
Ten Books You Should Read This September, by Jane Ciabattari. BBC
Consécration pour l’auteure de science-fiction Ursula K. Le Guin. Livres Hebdo [Requires login]
Portland’s Ursula Le Guin Just Got an Honor Only a Few Living Novelists Have Ever Received, by Matthew Korfhage
6 September 2016
“Ursula K. Le Guin Crashes the Stuffy Library of America,” by Ryan Britt. Inverse, August 30, 2016. “Ursula K. Le Guin has made a career out of smashing the fuck out of literary norms and genres with her subversive science fiction, and now, she’s finally getting some recognition from the prestigious Library of America.”
“Ursula Le Guin’s ‘Orsinia’ Stories Will Be Recognized By The Library Of America & It’s A Big Deal,” by Emma Cueto. Bustle, 29 August 2016. “If you’re an Ursula Le Guin fan, you can rest assured that her work will live on forever — or at least as long as the durable volumes of the Library of America last. That’s right: The Library of America is inaugurating an Ursula Le Guin collection this September. And the book they’re starting with may surprise you.”
“Le Guin – The Complete Orsinia (Malafrena, Songs and Stories)
Edited by Brian Attebery.” Authorlink, 29 August 2016
“Ursula Le Guin Has Earned a Rare Honor,” by David Streitfeld, The New York Times. 29 August 2016
3 September 2016
Words Are My Matter review at Booklist Online, by Michael Cart. “[W]hat she says of poetry—‘Its primary job is simply to find the words that give it its right, true shape’—might well be said of all the shapely pieces in this generous, edifying, and invaluable collection.”
2 September 2016
- Talking Literature
with Ursula K. Le Guin, by Mariano Martín Rodríguez, in Helice 6 [PDF]
12 August 2016
- Ursula K. Le Guin Writes Blog Posts from the POV of Her Cat, Pard, by Stubby the Rocket at tor.com
10 August 2016
- Patt Morrison asks: The Left Hand of Darkness author Ursula K. Le Guin, LA Times. “Right, the barrier finally fell. I will take a little credit because I spent about 40 years saying, why isn’t imaginative literature literature?”
22 July 2016
- Words Are My Matter, reviewed at Kirkus. “In a review of Kent Haruf’s Benediction, Le Guin remarks on a character’s ‘humor so dry it’s almost ether.’ That praise applies to Le Guin as well in a collection notable for its wit, unvarnished opinions, and passion.”
19 July 2016
- 116. The Big Book of Earthsea, a blog post by UKL.
18 July 2016
Ursula K. Le Guin, “the emissary from Orsinia,” crosses borders and challenges expectations, by Brian Attebery, at Library of America
16 July 2016
- Ursula K Le Guin to publish Earthsea story in print for first time, by Alison Flood, at The Guardian.
“The Daughter of Odren” will be published in new omnibus edition of the much-loved fantasy sequence to mark the 50th anniversary of The Wizard of Earthsea.” [ continued...]
15 July 2016
- Publishers Weekly review of Words Are My Matter: Writings About Life and Books, 2000-2016. “The wide-ranging collection includes essays, lectures, introductions, and reviews, all informed by Le Guin’s erudition, offered without academic mystification, and written (or spoken) with an inviting grace.... In a resonating essay, ‘What Women Know,’ Le Guin discusses the differences between stories told by men and women, remarking, ‘I think it’s worth thinking about.’ That’s this collection in a nutshell: everywhere something to think about.”
Saga Press Launches a Celebration of the Work of Ursula K. Le Guin, by Joel Cunningham, at Barnes & Noble.
The Found and the Lost: All 13 of UKL’s novellas
The Unreal and the Real: 39 short stories
To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the publication of A Wizard of Earthsea, The Books of Earthsea contains all the stories set in the archipelagos of Earthsea, with color and b&w illustrations by award-winning illustrator Charles Vess.
14 July 2016
“One of our best and most thoughtful writers presents a wide-ranging collection of essays, reviews, and talks.” — Publishers Weekly.
Pre-order Words Are My Matter from Small Beer Press
21 June 2016
Judith Freeman and me at Powell’s Books in 1989.
Judith was on a book tour for her first novel, The Chinchilla Farm, which I liked very much, and still like.
She’s now on tour with her new and extraordinary memoir, The Latter Days.
6 June 2016
- Sharing Music Across the U.S.-Mexico Border’s Metal Fence,
by Patricia Leigh Brown, at The New York Times (may require login). “Elisabeth Le Guin, a music and musicology professor at the University of California, Los Angeles: [...] At the Fandango, musicians ‘make a community across borders through beauty.’” Elisabeth’s 2012 Fandango video: Click Here.
31 May 2016
Always Coming Home to Spain:
12" vinyl and digital download now available
The Spanish guitarist and composer Àlvaro Barriuso has been setting some of the songs and dances from Always Coming Home, using the Spanish translation of the poems. The LP and digital download of his settings were released on May 27th, 2016. He recorded this teaser with friends.
“Por todo el occidente”; para Alvaro Barriuso from bkb on Vimeo.
Updated 27 May 2016
- Falling in Love with a Desert, membership drive at Oregon Natural Desert Association. Introduction & poem by UKL:
“From a little packet of family papers in a footlocker, I just learned that my great-grandfather Johnston homesteaded on the Alvord side of Steens Mountain in the 1870s. Moving the cattle up from California, my grandmother Phebe, then age twelve, rode herd. My dear great-aunt Betsy was born there, near Wild Horse Creek Canyon....”
10 May 2016
- Index of information, videos, links for National Book Foundation Medal Ceremony
Major Titles PDF [Printer-friendly PDF, 60Kb, Updated January 2013],
Biographical sketch PDF [printer-friendly],
“Read by the Author,”
Interesting Things Done by People Named Le Guin & Kroeber
- Elisabeth 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...”
Karl Kroeber Photography
25-foot-high Storm Waves on the Pescadero Coast, California, Dec 11 2015
[Click for medium size: 500x750]
[Click for large size: 1365x2048]
Alan Kroeber Photography
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
- 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, 2012
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