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Ursula K. Le Guin Draws Spotlight At National Book Awards


Legendary author Ursula K. Le Guin accepted the Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters at the National Book Awards last night.

Her acceptance speech began with traditional acknowledgments of the contributions of her editors and family, but it quickly turned to an impassioned indictment of the system of writing and publishing, the Amazon - Hachette spat, and the financial pressures writers face.

One publisher told NPR that it was the “most ferocious speech ever given at the National Book Awards.”

We’ll talk to Le Guin about her speech and the future of American letters.

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