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The Unreal and the Real, Volume 1: Where on Earth: Selected Stories

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 Upcoming Event

Thursday, May 15, 2014 07:00 PM
Welcome three of Portland's most talented authors as they discuss books near and dear to their hearts that have long languished out of print and are now available again through Pharos Editions: The Lists of the Past, a technically mesmerizing collection of stories by Julie Hayden; The Tattooed Heart and My Name Is Rose, two emotionally charged literary novels by Theodora Keogh; and Crazy Weather, an American Indian coming-of-age tale by Charles McNichols that serves as "an important document in our cultural history." Cheryl Strayed, Lidia Yuknavitch, and the legendary Ursula K. Le Guin will explore the history, context, and reasons they chose to introduce these titles and help bring them back to readers once more. The panel discussion will be moderated by editor-in-chief of Bitch Media Kjerstin Johnson. This event is sponsored by Bitch Media: Feminist Response to Pop Culture.

Please note: Signed copies will be signed by the title's respective curator and not by the original author.

Awards

2014 Oregon Book Award for Fiction

Synopses & Reviews

Publisher Comments:

The Unreal and the Real is a major event not to be missed. In this two-volume selection of Ursula K. Le Guin's best short stories — as selected by the National Book Award winning author herself — the reader will be delighted, provoked, amused, and faced with the sharp, satirical voice of one of the best short story writers of the present day. Where on Earth explores Le Guin's earthbound stories which range around the world from small town Oregon to middle Europe in the middle of revolution to summer camp.

Companion volume Outer Space, Inner Lands includes Le Guin's best known nonrealistic stories. Both volumes include new introductions by the author.

Review:

"The Unreal and the Real guns from the grim to the ecstatic, from the State to the Garden of Eden, with just one dragon between. (Every collection needs one dragon.) In every good career-spanning collection, you can observe an author growing into her authority. Here, every story, in its own way and from its own universe, told in its own mode, explains that there is no better spirit in all of American letters than that of Ursula Le Guin." Slate

Review:

"A century from now people will still be reading the fantasy stories of Ursula K. Le Guin with joy and wonder. Five centuries from now they might ask if their author ever really existed, or if Le Guin was an identity made from the work of many writers rolled into one. A millennium on and her stories will be so familiar, like myths and fairytales today, that only dedicated scholars will ask who wrote them. Such is the fate of the truly great writers, whose stories far outlive their names." The Guardian

Synopsis:

A must for every reader: two volumes of Ursula K. Le Guin's short stories as selected by the author.

About the Author

Ursula K. Le Guin has published eleven short story collections, twenty-one novels, essays, poetry, translations, and books for children, and has received the PEN-Malamud and National Book Awards, among others. Also due this year is Finding My Elegy, New and Selected Poems. She lives in Portland, OR.

Table of Contents

Introduction by Ursula K. Le Guin

Brothers and Sisters

A Week in the Country

Unlocking the Air

Imaginary Countries

The Diary of the Rose

The Direction of the Road

The White Donkey

Gwilans Harp

Mays Lion

Buffalo Gals

Horse Camp

The Lost Children

The Water is Wide

Texts

Sleepwalkers

Hand, Cup, Shell

Ether, OR

Half Past Four

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Photosynthesis, December 29, 2012 (view all comments by Photosynthesis)
This looks really cool. I saw Ursula Le Guin give a talk a couple years ago and she was very smart and passionate about her work. I'd love to go to the Powell's event.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781618730343
Publisher:
Small Beer Press
Subject:
Stories (single author)
Author:
Guin, Ursula K. Le
Author:
Le Guin, Ursula K.
Subject:
Science Fiction and Fantasy-Fantasy-Short Stories
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Publication Date:
20121131
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Pages:
320
Dimensions:
9 x 6 x 1.5 in

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"Review" by , "The Unreal and the Real guns from the grim to the ecstatic, from the State to the Garden of Eden, with just one dragon between. (Every collection needs one dragon.) In every good career-spanning collection, you can observe an author growing into her authority. Here, every story, in its own way and from its own universe, told in its own mode, explains that there is no better spirit in all of American letters than that of Ursula Le Guin."
"Review" by , "A century from now people will still be reading the fantasy stories of Ursula K. Le Guin with joy and wonder. Five centuries from now they might ask if their author ever really existed, or if Le Guin was an identity made from the work of many writers rolled into one. A millennium on and her stories will be so familiar, like myths and fairytales today, that only dedicated scholars will ask who wrote them. Such is the fate of the truly great writers, whose stories far outlive their names."
"Synopsis" by , A must for every reader: two volumes of Ursula K. Le Guin's short stories as selected by the author.
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