Obituary: Ursula K. Le Guin

Author Ursula K. Le Guin (b.1929) died on January 22. Le Guin is the author of the Earthsea cycle and has won the Nebula and Hugo Awards six times each and the World Fantasy Award twice, among many others. She was Guest of Honor at the 1975 Worldcon, Aussiecon 1, and was named a SFWA Grand Master in 2003. Her novels included The Left Hand of Darkness, The Lathe of Heaven, Always Coming Home, and Powers.

Le Guin Feminist Science Fiction Fellowship Available

The University of Oregon has announced that the application period for the Le Guin Feminist Science Fiction Fellowship is open through Friday, September 2. The Fellowship is provided to encourage research within collections in the area of feminist science fiction. $3,000 will be awarded for travel for the purpose of research on, and work with, the papers of feminist science fiction authors housed in the UO Libraries Special Collections and University Archives.

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Le Guin Fellowship Deadline Extended

The deadline for applications for the Ursula K. Le Guin Fellowship has been extended to October 1. The Fellowship encourages research within collections in the area of feminist science fiction, as well as travel in the access of those records houses at the University of Oregon Libraries Special Collections and University Archives, which includes papers of Le Guin, Joanna Russ, Kate Wilhelm, Suzette Haden Elgin, Kate Elliot, Molly Gloss, Laurie Marks, and Jessica Amanda Salmonson, among others.
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National Book Foundation Honors Le Guin

Ursula K. Le Guin will receive the 2014 Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters from the National Book Foundation at this year’s National Book Awards Ceremony on November 19. The Medal was first presented in 1988 and Le Guin will be the 27th recipient.

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Le Guin Wins Ken Kesey Award

Ursula K. Le Guin has won the Ken Kesey Award for Fiction from Literary Arts, an organization that honors Oregonian authors. Le Guin received the award for her two volume collection The Unreal and The Real. Upon receiving the award, Le Guin noted that she presented the first fiction award for the Oregon Book Award in 1987.

Le Guin Feminist Science Fiction Fellowship Created

The Center for the Study of Women in Society has announced that in honor of its fortieth anniversary, it will be establishing, along with the University of Oregon Knight Library and the Robert D. Clark Honors College the Le Guin Feminist Science Fiction Fellowship. The Fellowship will encourage research within collections in the area of feminist science fiction. The Fellowship is open to any scholars using the feminist studies collections at those libraries and will provide a $3,000 travel grant. Applications for the first Fellowship are due no later than September 1.

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Lathe of Heaven Premieres

The Untitled Theatre Company, which previously debuted an adaptation of Philip K. Dick’s novel Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep will present an all new stage adaptation of Ursula K. Le Guin’s The Lathe of Heaven at the 3LD Art and Technology Center in New York from June 6 through June 30. The play is adapted and directed by Edward Einhorn.

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