The wonderful Ursula Le Guin has been honoured with the National Book Foundation's Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters at the 65th National Book Awards this month. She accepts her honour for writers of science fiction and fantasy everywhere, saying that 'Hard times are coming, when we’ll be wanting the voices of writers who can see alternatives to how we live now'.
She goes on to deliver a passionate speech warning against the over-commercialisation of writing and publishing, and standing up for art and freedom. You can watch the speech in full below.
Caroline Orr is a proofreader, editor and e-book formatter who loves escaping to fictional worlds and is very fond of small stuffed dragons.