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Words Are My Matter (Digital Audiobook)

Writings About Life and Books, 2000-2016, with a Journal of a Writer’s Week

By Ursula K. Le Guin, Laural Merlington (Narrator)

Publication Date: February 19, 2018

Other Editions of This Title:
Paperback (10/22/2019)
Compact Disc (2/20/2018)
Compact Disc (2/20/2018)
Hardcover (10/18/2016)
MP3 CD (2/20/2018)

Description

Words Are My Matter gathers talks, essays, introductions to beloved books, and book reviews by Ursula K. Le Guin, one of our foremost public literary intellectuals. A must-listen collection, Words Are My Matter is a manual for investigating the depth and breadth of contemporary fiction—and, through the lens of deep considerations of contemporary writing, a way of exploring the world we are all living in.



"We need writers who know the difference between production of a market commodity and the practice of an art. Developing written material to suit sales strategies in order to maximize corporate profit and advertising revenue is not the same thing as responsible book publishing or authorship." *



Le Guin is one of those authors, and this is another of her moments. She has published more than sixty books ranging from fiction to nonfiction, children's books to poetry, and has received many lifetime achievement awards, including the Library of Congress Living Legends award.



* From "Freedom," a speech in acceptance of the National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters.


About the Author

Laural Merlington has recorded well over one hundred audiobooks, including works by Margaret Atwood and Alice Hoffman, and is the recipient of several AudioFile Earphones Awards. An Audie Award nominee, she has also directed over one hundred audiobooks. She has performed and directed for thirty years in theaters throughout the country. In addition to her extensive theater and voice-over work, Laural teaches college in her home state of Michigan.