WORLDS OF URSULA K. LE GUIN (70 NR)
PART OF SPRING WRITES – Saturday, May 4 at 2 pm
Decades before Hogwarts, Ursula K. Le Guin invited young readers to wizard school in her classic Earthsea fantasy series, and dazzled the science fiction world with masterworks like The Left Hand of Darkness and The Dispossessed. Worlds of Ursula K. Le Guin tells the groundbreaking author’s story in her own words, sprinkled with stunning animation and commentary from literary luminaries like Margaret Atwood, Neil Gaiman, David Mitchell, and Michael Chabon.
Director: Arwen Curry
Writers: Jason Cohn, Arwen Curry
Stars: Michael Chabon, Neil Gaiman, Ursula K. Le Guin
This superb documentary is a must-see primer on the life and work of Portland science fiction and fantasy author Ursula K. Le Guin, who died in 2018. We see Le Guin in various spaces across the state of Oregon, from the city of Portland where she made her home, to vacation spots at Steens Mountain and the Oregon Coast, all locations that informed her work. The movie also depicts her pioneering work as a woman in the male-dominated genre of science fiction, and her struggles against the big-money elements in the publishing industry. It’s a tender, triumphant portrait of a brilliant woman, making a case for Le Guin as one of the titans of American literature.