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Tribute to Ursula K. Le Guin

Celebrating the life & work of one of America’s greatest writers.

In collaboration with the Le Guin family, Literary Arts invites the public to join in honoring the life and work of Ursula K. Le Guin.


Wednesday, June 13, 2018 at 7:30 p.m.
Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall

Free, but a ticket is required for entry. 

Reserve your ticket at Portland5.com

Limit 2 tickets per person. Tickets are for General Admission (open seating) and are available for a limited time.

This event will be livestreamed on Youtube Live and recorded for rebroadcast on our podcast, The Archive Project. Information on how to livestream the event forthcoming. 


For the past 50 years, Ursula K. Le Guin’s science fiction and fantasy books offered hope and inspiration to readers and writers everywhere. Join Literary Arts and the Le Guin family as we celebrate the life of Ursula during this public tribute. 

The event will feature tributes from writers and friends who represent the wide-ranging influence Le Guin has had on international literature for more than 50 years, including Margaret Atwood (by video), Molly Gloss, Walidah Imarisha, Jonathan Lethem, Kelly Link, China Miéville, and Daniel José Older. Andrea Schulz, Le Guin’s editor at Harcourt, and Julie Phillips, Le Guin’s biographer, will also speak at the tribute. The tribute will include rare documentary footage of Le Guin, along with photos and images from her life and work.

As a genre-defying writer, Ursula authored more than 50 works, including novels, poetry collections, and children’s books that explore issues of race, gender, and environmentalism. Her books have been translated into more than 40 languages and have sold millions of copies worldwide. Her many honors include the Hugo, Nebula, National Book Award, and PEN-Malamud. In 2014, she was awarded the National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished contribution to American Letters.

While her speculative fiction urged readers to explore new worlds and distant futures, Ursula was an active guardian of her writing community and her home state of Oregon. She was an ardent supporter for writers and independent publishers and actively used her platform to defend free speech. Ursula was involved with Literary Arts for 31 years, as a participant, trusted advisor, and ardent supporter. Her dedication helped shape our programs that serve more than 20,000 readers and writers each year.


Thank you to our event sponsors:

When:June 13 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm


Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall
1037 SW Broadway
Portland, OR 97205


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