Monday, July 8, 2019

Ursula K. Le Guin: Conversations on Writing, by Ursula K. Le Guin & David Naimon

Tin House Books, ISBN 9781941040997, April 2018

In the last months of her life, Ursula K. Le Guin did a series of interview with David Naimon for Oregon radio station KBOO, and they decided to turn those interviews into a book. This is that book, which Le Guin did not live quite long enough to see in print. It's now a finalist for the Hugo Awards in the Best Related Work category.

There are three sections--a conversation about fiction, a conversation about poetry, and a conversation about non-fiction. Le Guin, of course, wrote all three, and did all three well.

These conversations are lively, interesting, informative, and entertaining. Le Guin always expressed herself well, and was both brilliant and knowledgeable. Her perspective on writing, the publishing industry, what genre is and isn't our relationship to the natural world, and why imagination is so suspect in America, and "animal stories" relegated to children's reading throughout the western world. are provocative and persuasive.

This is a short book, and well worth your time. Highly recommended!

I received this ebook as part of the 2019 Hugo Voters Packet, and am reviewing it voluntarily.

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