On June 13 in Portland, OR, Literary Arts brought a terrific lineup of writers together to speak about Ursula Le Guin’s life and work. The evening included family photos, clips from Arwen Curry’s documentary Worlds of Ursula K. Le Guin, and a dragon at the end. The speakers remembered Ursula the teacher, builder of bridges, dreamer of change, writer of wildly funny e-mails, and fierce, kind friend.

We writers were all nervous at having to speak in front of over 2000 people, but the event came off beautifully: the talks were terrific, the memories bittersweet. My only regrets were that it didn’t go on longer—say, a week—and that we were onstage instead of Ursula herself. Hearing her in the clips makes me miss her profoundly, her wonderful, musical voice most of all.

You can watch the whole tribute at www.literary-arts-tribute.org/. My bits are at 30:00 (on tape) and 1.22:20 (my talk).

Thank you, Literary Arts, and thank you, Ursula.

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Charles Vess with a dragon from his forthcoming illustrated Earthsea:

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