Last night, local science fiction and fantasy writer Ursula Le Guin was awarded the Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters at the 2014 National Book Award. Two of her novels were awarded both Hugo and Nebula awards, The Left Hand of Darkness and The Dispossessed. Le Guin was also one of the contributing founders of the Oregon Institute of Literary Arts, which later became known as Literary Arts in Portland.
Check out Le Guin’s bold and gracious speech here.
[Last year’s winner of the National Book Award in Poetry, local poet and Lewis & Clark College professor Mary Szybist, will be reading at Eliot Chapel on Reed College campus this evening at 6:30.]