Ursula Le Guin to receive the National Book Foundation's Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters
I've just received this press release:
In recognition of her transformative impact on American literature,
Ursula K. Le Guin is the 2014 recipient of the Foundation’s Medal for
Distinguished Contribution to American Letters. She is the Foundation’s
twenty-seventh award recipient.
For more than forty years, Le Guin has defied
conventions of narrative, language, character, and genre, as well as
transcended the boundaries between fantasy and realism, to forge new
paths for literary fiction. Among the nation’s most revered writers of
science fiction and fantasy, Le Guin’s fully imagined worlds challenge
readers to consider profound philosophical and existential questions
about gender, race, the environment, and society. Her boldly
experimental and critically acclaimed novels, short stories, and
children’s books, written in elegant prose, are popular with millions of
readers around the world.
“Ursula Le Guin has had an extraordinary impact on several
generations of readers and, particularly, writers in the United States
and around the world,” said Harold Augenbraum, the Foundation’s
Executive Director. “She has shown how great writing will obliterate the
antiquated—and never really valid—line between popular and literary
art. Her influence will be felt for decades to come.”
Neal Gaiman will present the award on November 19, 2014, at the National Book Awards ceremony.