Emily X.R. Pan

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Trying not to think about the finish line.

Whew. 5,597 new words written this weekend!

To do all that I ended up skipping the Brooklyn Book Festival (there’s always next year, right?) and neglecting all the errands on my to-do list, but I did at least make it out to a housewarming party last night.

It was an unintentional marathon. For the last few days I’ve been rewriting WRBTD in a completely new format. It was originally 118,000 words…

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Ursula K. Le Guin to receive NBF Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters

In recognition of her transformative impact on American literature, Ursula K. Le Guin is the 2014 recipient of the Foundation’s Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters. She is the Foundation’s twenty-seventh award recipient.

For more than forty years, Le Guin has defied conventions of narrative, language, character, and genre, as well as transcended the boundaries between fantasy and realism, to forge new paths for literary fiction. Among the nation’s most revered writers of science fiction and fantasy, Le Guin’s fully imagined worlds challenge readers to consider profound philosophical and existential questions about gender, race, the environment, and society. Her boldly experimental and critically acclaimed novels, short stories, and children’s books, written in elegant prose, are popular with millions of readers around the world.

“Ursula Le Guin has had an extraordinary impact on several generations of readers and, particularly, writers in the United States and around the world,” said Harold Augenbraum, the Foundation’s Executive Director. “She has shown how great writing will obliterate the antiquated—and never really valid—line between popular and literary art. Her influence will be felt for decades to come.”

Neil Gaiman will present the lifetime achievement award to Le Guin at the National Book Awards Ceremony on November 19.

A crowning achievement, and long overdue, for one of University Book Store’s favorite authors!

Amazing and so well-deserved.

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Kansas City Public Library


 A bookstore gets a new cover

The new facade of the Pioneer Bookstore in Provo, Utah is all about the books.

In less than a week a group of decorative artists transformed the dreary storefront into a welcoming entrance covered in books.

As to where the impetus for such a biblio-facade came from, look no further than the Kansas City Library which then led to one in the Ukraine.

Previously on Book Patrol:
From Kansas City with Love: Painted Library Facade Makes its Way to Russia
The Book Wall at the Kansas City Public Library

Piece in the Daily Herald: Judging a bookstore by its cover: Pioneer Book gets facelift

Love this!

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When you have symbols, they are operating on different levels, and I don’t even have to know what the symbols mean, but I have to gravitate toward the ones that feel charged in some way… George Saunders talks about looking for words on the page that have a charge to them and following those words, and there is something where you can train your instincts where you can write a page, and the page has a flatness to it, where there’s almost nothing interesting in it, but there’s one sentence there that you as the writer keep being drawn to. That sentence is a portal, literally, into where the actual story is. And the rest of the sentences were just warmup and can just go… That’s where the work acquires depth.

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Happy September!

We came back from Alaska in time for the hinge between the seasons. I’ve already had the chance to break out a few of my favorite sweaters and jackets. I’m so ready for the fall.

Alaska was amazing. In Seward we saw orca and humpback whales, sea otters, puffins, sea lions, harbor seals–all of them in the wild. We went out to find glaciers, listened to them cracking apart and watched them crashing…

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