Ursula K. Le Guin


National Book Awards presents
The 2014 Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters
to Ursula K. Le Guin

7 Reasons to Fall in Love With Ursula K. Le Guin, by Gina Vaynshteyn, at bustle.com. “Le Guin’s work is garnering monumental recognition because it has stood out in terms of conventions and ingenuity.” [continued]

“One of Literature’s most prestigious honors, the Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters recognizes individuals who have made an exceptional impact on this country’s literary heritage.” [continued]

Ursula K Le Guin, rising above genre and so much else, by Alison Flood, Guardian Online. “...and I think she may, possibly, be my favourite yet...”

AP: Le Guin wins honorary National Book Award

Book View CaféUrsula K. Le Guin to Receive Lifetime Achievement Award!

From UKL:
I wish I could write back to everybody who’s written me to say they’re happy about this news, but I can’t, so let me thank all of you here, old friends and new, nearby and far away. The best thing about something like this is sharing it. With love, Ursula


”NUMBER ONE: You Don’t Shop There For Anything!” — Sherman Alexie

Watch author Sherman Alexie talking with Steven Colbert about Amazon Dot Com.

Amazon now controls 40 to 50% of the book market and aims to control 100% of it. The publishers Hachette and Bonnier have refused to accept some of Amazon’s author-ruining, publisher-wrecking, indie-bookstore-destroying policies. So Jeff Bezos won’t sell you a Hachette book, or won’t deliver it for weeks. This is blatant abuse of trade and abuse of customers. Amazon can only get away with it if we refuse to let them get away with it.



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Writers Protest Amazon’s Policies:
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Getting In Touch With Me: Changes

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“. . . .”

To a Mouse

On Turning up Her Nest with the Plough

Wee, sleeket, cowran, tim’rous beastie,

O, what a panic’s in thy breastie!

Thou need na start awa sae hasty,

          Wi’ bickerin brattle,

I wad be laith to rin an’ chase thee

          Wi’ murd’ring pattle!


I’m truly sorry Man’s dominion

Has broken Nature’s social union,

An’ justifies that ill opinion,

          Which makes thee startle,

At me, thy poor, earth-born companion,

          An’ fellow-mortal.




Thy wee-bit housie, too, in ruin!

It’s silly wa’s the win’s are strewin!

An’ naething, now, to big a new ane,

          O’ foggage green!

An’ bleak December’s winds ensuin,

          Baith snell an’ keen!


Thou saw the fields laid bare an’ waste,

An’ weary Winter comin fast,

An’ cozie here, beneath the blast,

          Thou thought to dwell,

Till crash! the cruel coulter past

          Out thro’ thy cell.


That wee-bit heap o’ leaves an’ stibble

Has cost thee monie a weary nibble!

Now thou’s turn’d out, for a’ thy trouble,

          But house or hald,

To thole the Winter’s sleety dribble,

          An’ cranreuch cauld.


But Mousie, thou art no thy-lane,

In proving foresight may be vain:

The best laid schemes o’ Mice an’ Men

          Gang aft agley,

An’ lea’e us nought but grief an’ pain,

          For promis’d joy.


Still, thou art blest, compar’d wi’ me!

The present only toucheth thee:

But Och! I backward cast my e’e,

          On prospects drear,

An’ forward tho’ I canna see,

          I guess an’ fear.

— Robert Burns

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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

Archive of Announcements and New on the Website Items


Current Publications

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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 Breaking Waves -- Gulf Coast benefit anthology 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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