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Ursula K. Le Guin visited Timberland Regional Library as part of their community's Big Read of  her fantasy classic A Wizard of Earthsea. Photo courtesy of the library.

Happy 80th Birthday to Ursula K. Le Guin! Here's Le Guin---whose rendering of a student-wizard in A Wizard of Earthsea laid the ground for series like J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter---on writers, wizards, and the birth of Ged.

What a wizard does is like what a writer does. He or she is making things out of words and making things happen with words. I saw the parallel. But I don't know where it goes or really what to do with it. I've always been talking about language, about speech, about words, as a great power in our lives. This is obviously one of my themes.

I believe I'm the first who described a wizard having to learn his trade and go to school to do it. I started thinking that wizards can't have always been old guys with white beards. So what were they like when they were fourteen? And that opens up a world, doesn't it?

Today from 10:30 a.m. to noon, join Oak Grove Library for birthday cake and cheers in Le Guin's honor, part of the University of Southern Mississippi's Big Read of A Wizard of Earthsea. Check The Big Read calendar for details.

 

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