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The Election, Lao Tzu, a Cup of Water

Ursula K. Le Guin, photo by Marian Wood Kolisch

The Election, Lao Tzu, a Cup of Water By Ursula K. Le Guin Americans have voted for a politics of fear, anger, and hatred, and those of us who oppose this politics are now trying to figure out how we … Continue reading

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Why Fiction Matters

The Dispossessed

I’ve had several conversations with fiction writers lately on what we should be doing about climate change, the election, and other important concerns of the day. My immediate response was that now, more than ever, they should write. They dismissed … Continue reading

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BVC Announces “My Life So Far, by Pard,” by Ursula K. Le Guin

My Life So Far, by Pard, by Ursula K. Le Guin

A thoughtful, truthful autobiography, translated from the Feline by Ursula K. Le Guin. Continue reading

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Happy Birthday to Ursula!

Ursula K. Le Guin, photo by Marian Wood Kolisch

On the occasion of Ursula K. Le Guin’s birthday, her colleagues at BVC wish her a very happy birthday, and many more!

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Ursula K. Le Guin in the News!

Ursula K. Le Guin, photo by Marian Wood Kolisch

News articles about BVC founding member Ursula K. Le Guin Continue reading

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Health Update

Ursula K. Le Guin, photo by Marian Wood Kolisch

I’m sorry about not keeping up my blog posts, but everything got interrupted for me this summer when my congenital heart murmur (leaky valve) finally began to exact its toll. I spent a few days in hospital, have been home now for three weeks. Doing fine but not doing very much — and that looks to be the way it will be for a while… Continue reading

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The Complete Orsinia from Library of America

The Complete Orsinia by Ursula K. Le Guin

Library of America celebrates the publication of BVC founding member Ursula K. Le Guin‘s The Complete Orsinia with their story of the week: “Imaginary Countries.” More information and news about The Complete Orsinia at Ursula K. Le Guin’s website.  

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The Big Book of Earthsea

Tehanu Frontispiece by Charles Vess

What is most exciting to me about this edition of EARTHSEA is THE PICTURES. Charles Vess is painting a wraparound cover and a full-color frontispiece for each of the six books (and, says he, “the title page will be in color, if I have anything to say about it.” To which I say Amen!) Then he’ll be drawing some fifty black-and-white vignettes for chapter heads, ten or a dozen full-page illustrations, and a bunch of smaller pictures throughout the book. Continue reading

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Always Coming Home to Spain

Ursula K. Le Guin, photo by Marian Wood Kolisch

The Spanish guitarist and composer Àlvaro Barriuso has been setting some of the songs and dances from Always Coming Home, using the Spanish translation of the poems. The 12″ vinyl and digital download are now available for pre-order. He recorded this teaser with friends. — UKL Continue reading

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Reality Goes Over the Top

Ursula K. Le Guin, photo by Marian Wood Kolisch

This got me thinking about the fragility of satire. When reality overdoes itself, when it gets surreal, what’s left for the satirist? Continue reading

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