Ursula K. Le Guin Earns Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters

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Ursula K. Le Guin

Ursula Kroeber Le Guin has joined an esteemed list of writers including Toni Morrison, Joan Didion, and Philip Roth to receive the National Book Foundation’s Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters. Harold Augenbraum, the Foundation’s Executive Director said of the writer whose career has spanned four decades, “She has shown how great writing will obliterate the antiquated – and never really valid – line between popular and literary art.”

Most recently, Le Guin has been in the news for her involvement with Authors United, a group of bestselling and high-profile authors pressuring Amazon to back down in its dispute with publisher Hachette and stop “refusing orders” of books published by Hachette. The New York Times‘ David Streitfeld wrote: “Referring to how Amazon is making Hachette books harder to buy on its site, [Le Guin] said, ‘We’re talking about censorship: deliberately making a book hard or impossible to get, ‘disappearing’ an author.'”