Where to Start with Ursula K. Le Guin

By NYPL Staff
September 26, 2022
Black and white photo of Ursula K. Le Guin sat at a desk

Ursula K. Le Guin (1929-2018), one of the most well-known and popular science fiction and fantasy authors of all time, was born on October 21, 1929, in Berkeley, California. Over the course of her 40-year career, she published dozens of novels, collections of short stories, essays, and volumes of poetry to critical acclaim; won the Hugo, Nebula, PEN-Malamud, and National Book Award; and pushed the boundaries of science fiction. Her masterful storytelling, which weaves together anthropology, issues of gender identity and sexuality, high fantasy, and sci-fi, has made her an American legend in literary fiction.

If you've never read Le Guin before, you're missing out on some great literature. You don’t have to be a hardcore fantasy fan to appreciate the beauty of Le Guin's writing, her wonderful storytelling, or the vivid fictional worlds she creates. If you want to celebrate this legend's birthday, pick up a copy of one of her books at your library. We'll help you figure out where to start.