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Worlds of Ursula K. Le Guin with Matt Bell

Date(s): Thursday, January 23, 2020, 6:00 p.m.
FilmBar, 815 N 2nd St, Phoenix, AZ 85004
Film Screening
Genre and Form(s): Biography, Fiction, Science Fiction
Cost: $9.95

About this Event

Worlds of Ursula K. Le Guin is a feature documentary exploring the remarkable life and legacy of the late feminist author Ursula K. Le Guin. Best known for groundbreaking science fiction and fantasy works such as A Wizard of Earthsea, The Left Hand of Darkness, and The Dispossessed, Le Guin defiantly held her ground on the margin of “respectable” literature until the sheer excellence of her work, at long last, forced the mainstream to embrace fantastic literature. Her fascinating story has never before been captured on film.

FilmBar and the Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing at Arizona State University proudly present Worlds of Ursula K. Le Guin, a feature-length documentary exploring the life of renowned science-fiction author Ursula K. Le Guin on Thursday, January 23, 2020 at 6:00 p.m. at FilmBar (815 N 2nd St, Phoenix, AZ 85004).

The film will be introduced by local author and ASU Professor Matt Bell. An informal conversation and Q&A will follow in the lounge after the event. Tickets are $9.95. As seating is limited, we strongly recommend purchasing your tickets in advance.

About the Film

Produced with Le Guin’s participation over the course of a decade, Worlds of Ursula K. Le Guin is a journey through the writer’s career and her worlds, both real and fantastic. Viewers will join the writer on an intimate journey of self-discovery as she comes into her own as a major feminist author, opening new doors for the imagination and inspiring generations of women and other marginalized writers along the way. The film features stunning animation and reflections by literary luminaries including Margaret Atwood, Neil Gaiman, David Mitchell, Michael Chabon, and more. Worlds of Ursula K. Le Guin was created with the generous support of the National Endowment for the Humanities, California Humanities, the Berkeley Film Foundation, and 3,185 backers on Kickstarter. To learn more about the film, visit

About the Author

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Matt Bell is the author of the novels Scrapper and In the House upon the Dirt between the Lake and the Woods, as well as the short story collection A Tree or a Person or a Wall, a non-fiction book about the classic video game Baldur's Gate II, and several other titles. A native of Michigan, he teaches in the Creative Writing Program at Arizona State University.

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