Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Featured Author: Ursula K. Le Guin

Ursula K. Le Guin is a Hugo, Nebula, Locus, and World Fantasy award-winning writer of science fiction and fantasy. She grew up in California, the daughter of anthropologist Alfred Kroeber and writer Theodora Kroeber.  Le Guin has published seven books of poetry, twenty-two novels, over a hundred short stories (collected in eleven volumes), four collections of essays, twelve books for children, and four volumes of translation. Her novels often feature alternative worlds, and her themes include utopian societies, issues of identity and social structures, and environmentalism. Most of her major works are still in print - some have been in print for over 40 years. Among her enthusiasts are Salman Rushdie, David Mitchell, and Neil Gaiman.

In April 2000, the Library of Congress made her a Living Legend. In 2014, Le Guin was awarded the Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters by the National Book Foundation, a lifetime achievement award.

The story of Ged (or Sparrowhawk), a mage from the fictional archipelago of Earthsea.

A Wizard of Earthsea 

The Tombs of Atuan

The Farthest Shore

Tehanu: The Last Book of Earthsea

Tales from Earthsea

The Other Wind
The story of four winged cats. [Children's]


Catwings Return

Wonderful Alexander and the Catwings

Jane On Her Own: A  Catwings Tale 

Alternate or future histories set on a collection of worlds, all with a connection to Terra.

Le Guin has said on her website that "People write me nice letters asking what order they ought to read my science fiction books in — the ones that are called the Hainish or Ekumen cycle or saga or something. The thing is, they aren't a cycle or a saga. They do not form a coherent history. There are some clear connections among them, yes, but also some extremely murky ones."

Other Books

The Lathe of Heaven 
also on DVD 

The Wind's Twelve Quarters: Short Stories
Orsinian Tales

The Eye of the Heron [Large Print]

Always Coming Home  

Annals of the Western Shore [Young Adult] - Gifts, Voices, Powers  


Incredible Good Fortune: New Poems 

The Wave in the Mind: Talks and Essays On the Writer, the Reader, and the Imagination 

The Birthday of the World and Other Stories   

Steering the Craft: Exercises and Discussions on Story Writing for the Lone Navigator or the Mutinous Crew    

She also translated from Spanish Gabriela Mistral: Selected Poems, published by University of New Mexico Press.


7 Reasons to Fall In Love With Ursula K. Le Guin [Bustle]

The Real and Unreal: Ursula K. Le Guin, American Novelist [Bookslut]

The Left and Right Hands of Ursula K. Le Guin [Kirkus]

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