Ursula Le Guin Q&A

One of my favorite authors, Ursula Le Guin, recently participated in an online Q&A session with readers from Great Britain. The Guardian edited the transcripts and posted them online. Excellent stuff, and some good insight on Le Guin’s thinking and creative process.

And if you are at all interested, check out some of her novels like The Left Hand of Darkness, The Dispossessed, The Lathe of Heaven or her many Earthsea books. I’d recommend starting with the original trilogy; A Wizard of Earthsea, The Tombs of Atuan, and The Farthest Shore. These books really moved me when I was a kid. I intend to reread them a little later this year, along with some of Le Guin’s newer stuff.

The Q&A session is fascinating stuff, revealing how she thinks up the stories and what inspires her. I certainly didn’t know that she translated Lao Tzu’s Tao Te Ching and is an avowed Taoist, though I guess it makes sense reading her novels.