Le Guin wins honorary National Book Award

by Rachel Baker on September 9, 2014

In the past, Le Guin has shunned the “commerial machinery of best-sellerdome and prizedom”; and she’s been known to make fun of the idea of being “Jane D. Wonthepulizter.” She did, apparently, say she was grateful for the award.

She’s written more than fifty books that are typically set in fair away alternative worlds like Earthsea, and explore issues that relate to class, race, gender and religion.

Le Guin wins honorary National Book Award.

Ursula K. Le Guin, the science fiction and fantasy writer widely celebrated as a visionary and compelling storyteller, is receiving an honorary National Book Award.

The National Book Foundation, which presents the awards, announced Tuesday that Le Guin was receiving the 2014 Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters. Previous winners include Toni Morrison, Norman Mailer and Elmore Leonard. Le Guin, 84, is known for such novels as “The Left Hand of Darkness” and “The Farthest Shore,” which in 1973 won the National Book Award for young people’s literature.

“Ursula Le Guin has had an extraordinary impact on several generations of readers and, particularly, writers in the United States and around the world,” Harold Augenbraum, the foundation’s executive director, said in a statement. “She has shown how great writing will obliterate the antiquated — and never really valid — line between popular and literary art. Her influence will be felt for decades to come.”

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