Last night, fantasy and science fiction writer Ursula Le Guin, author of The Left Hand of Darkness and the Earthsea series, won the medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters at the National Book Awards. She gave a speech about the importance of fantasy in a world of ugly realities.
The National Book Foundation's announced that this year's recipient of the Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters is Ursula K. Le Guin. In an added bit of joy to an already excellent piece of news, Neil Gaiman will present her with the award.
Paolo Bacigalupi continues his incredible awards sweep: His young-adult novel Ship Breaker was nominated for a National Book Award for young people's literature. Also nominated, for fiction: magical realism/science fiction maven Karen Tei Yamashita, for I Hotel. [L.A. Times]