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πŸͺ Speculative Futures Reading Group: ‘Always Coming Home’ by Ursula K. Le Guin

June 26 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

The cover of 'Always Coming Home' by Ursula K. Le Guin, with an illustration of lush, rolling hills, red-roofed houses, and an owl flying overhead.

The Speculative Futures reading group meets on Wednesday, June 26th at 7 p.m. to discuss the book Always Coming Home by Ursula K. Le Guin. Hope to see you there!

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Midway through her career, Le Guin embarked on one of her most detailed, impressive literary projects, a novel that took more than five years to complete. Blending story and fable, poetry, artwork, and song, Always Coming Home is this legendary writer’s fictional ethnography of the Kesh, a people of the far future living in a post-apocalyptic Napa Valley.

Having survived ecological catastrophe brought on by relentless industrialization, the Kesh are a peaceful people who reject governance and the constriction of genders, limit population growth to prevent overcrowding and preserve resources, and maintain a healthy community in which everyone works to contribute to its well-being. This richly imagined story unfolds through a series of narrated “translations” that illuminate individual lives, including a woman named Stone Telling, who travels beyond the Valley and comes to reside with another tribe, the patriarchal Condor people. With sharp poignancy, Le Guin explores the complexities of the Kesh’s unified society and presents to us–in exquisite detail–their lives, histories, adventures, customs, language, and art.

In addition to poems and folk tales, Le Guin created verse dramas, records of oral performances, recipes, and even an alphabet and glossary of the Kesh language. The novel is illustrated throughout with drawings by artist Margaret Chodos and includes a musical component–original recordings of Kesh songs that Le Guin collaborated on with composer Todd Barton–bringing this utterly original and compelling world to life.

Ursula Kroeber Le Guin (1929-2018) was a celebrated author whose body of work includes 23 novels, 12 volumes of short stories, 11 volumes of poetry, 13 children’s books, five essay collections, and four works of translation. The breadth and imagination of her work earned her six Nebula Awards, seven Hugo Awards, and SFWA’s Grand Master, along with the PEN/Malamud and many other awards. In 2014 she was awarded the National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters, and in 2016 joined the short list of authors to be published in their lifetimes by the Library of America.



June 26
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm


Iffy Books
404 S. 20th St.
Philadelphia, 19146 United States
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Iffy Books