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Ursula K. Le Guin Memorial
Theresa Dintino, Rob Schmidt, Jim Wilson, Odin Halvorson
Original Date: Thursday, October 4th, 2018
Ursula K. Le Guin (1929—2018) was one of the greatest writers in English in the late twentieth and early twenty-first centuries. She was the daughter of Alfred Kroeber, who established the first department of anthropology west of the Mississippi at UC Berkeley, and Theodora Kroeber, author of the classic Ishi in Two Worlds and other books. Most memorably, Le Guin wrote with rigorous, mind-blowing creativity about gender and politics in novels like The Left Hand of Darkness, The Lathe of Heaven, and The Dispossessed, and novellas like The Word for World is Forest. She collected shelves-full of writing awards. In addition to fiction, Le Guin’s work addressed included a remarkably wide range of topics, including poetry, a writing inspiration manual, a rendition of the Tao Te Ching, many essays, and other work. This evening we celebrate a remarkable life well-lived, whose work continues to inspire. Staff members at Many Rivers will read from and comment on her work, along with local author Theresa Dintino. Bring your own observations and appreciations for her work, and how it touched your heart.
Theresa Dintino is a local author, strega (Italian wise woman) and initiated diviner who met Le Guin at a writer’s workshop. Rob Schmidt received his Ph.D. from the department founded by Le Guin’s father, met her there twice when she spoke at Berkeley, and was a life-long fan since reading The Left Hand of Darkness. Jim Wilson was particularly touched by Le Guin’s political novel The Dispossessed. Odin Halvorson discovered Le Guin through her Earthsea novels when he was a teenager and partially credits her for his pursuit of the life of a writer.