Ursula K. Le Guin’s World-Conquering Year

Catch Portland’s sci-fi pathbreaker reading from her new book of poetry this week at Mississippi’s Another Read Through, and then read our profile of Portland’s literary dragon for a reminder of why she’s breathing fire.

By Fiona McCann December 14, 2015

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Ursula K. Le Guin

In the year since her National Book Awards smackdown, Portland’s unofficial literary laureate shows no signs of slowing down. The 86-year-old sci-fi pathbreaker had time to slam fellow author Kazuo Ishiguro for what she perceived as his prejudice against the “fantasy” genre, defend the controversial new Harper Lee novel Go Set a Watchman, and fit in a series of interviews to promote her new edition of Steering the Craft: A 21st-Century Guide to Sailing the Sea of Story.

All that, and she’s brought out a book of poetry—Late in the Day, a selection of poems written over the past five years and bookended with two short essays—which set her on a new round of readings, the next of which takes place at N Mississippi’s used book store Another Read Through. Le Guin will be joined by Mark Cull at the reading Thursday, December 17, at 7 pm. It’s a free event, but those who want to guarantee a seat can purchase a $10 ticket in advance, $5 of which is redeemable from a purchase of a Le Guin book on the night. Le Guin will read from Late in the Day and from her 2011 Earthsea fantasy novel The Other Wind. According to Another Read Through, “Ursula will sign any books bought at the event, plus one brought from the outside, but no more than that.”

For a reminder of why one of Portland’s best-loved writers may also be its fiercest, read Taylor Clark’s detailed profile of the author here.

Ursula K. Le Guin will be reading at Another Read Through on December 17, at Powell’s City of Books on January 13, and at Broadway Books on February 24.

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