Renowned science fiction and fantasy writer Ursula K. LeGuin has been awarded with the National Book Foundation’s 2014 Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters.
LeGuin, declared a Grand Master by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, has been active for more than 40 years and won numerous recognitions, including a National Book Award, five Hugo Awards, six Nebula Awards, 21 Locus Awards and a Newbury Silver Medal. LeGuin’s most famous works are the Earthsea series and her first science fiction novel, The Left Hand of Darkness. Through the vessel of other worlds and beings, she discusses the issues—racism, gender discrimination and the troubled environment—that tarnish our own.
Many famed American writers, such as Sherman Alexie and Joyce Carol Oates, have won National Book Awards. LeGuin is the 27th recipient of this particular award—others include John Ashbery, Joan Didion, and Toni Morrison.
The National Book Awards will take place in New York on Nov. 19. LeGuin’s award will be presented by Neil Gaiman.