Ursula K. Le Guin
The National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters
Photos from the Medal Ceremony
21 November–5 December 2014
From Ursula —
To all the old friends and new friends who’ve contacted me to tell me they liked what I said — I wish I could thank each one of you.
I can’t do that. But I can share with you my feeling about what the unexpectedly strong response to my talk tells me:
There are a lot of us “people of the book” who aren’t willing to define value only in terms of salability, or to become grateful fiefs of the market lords, but who intend to write and publish as we see fit and get a fair price for it. Facing the endlessly divisive power of growth capitalism, we — writers, publishers, readers — are beginning to remember that, if we stick together in our own interest and “keep our eyes on the prize,” we really are a power in our own right. A friendly power . . .
22 November 2014
Poems and Images from Steens Mountain Country
New on the Website
& New Offsite Links
Interesting Things Done by People Named 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
- 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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