Last night, Ursula K. Leguin, the author of seminal fantasy and science-fiction books like The Left Hand of Darkess and the Earthsea series, won a National Book Award for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters.
During her speech, she made an impassioned defense of fantasy books, saying we needed such literature because “hard times are coming” when novels that can transport the mind will have actual social value.
It sounds like Apple might have been listening, because they are currently promoting the winners of the National Book Award, past and present, on the iBooks Store.
First created in 1950, the National Book Awards celebrates the finest writing in America, fiction and non-fiction, for the young and the old alike.
Apple is currently knocking down the price of four winners of the 2014 National Book Awards to either $9.99 or $10.99: Redeployment by Phil Klay, Age of Ambition by Evan Osnos, Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson, and Virtuous Night by Louise Gluck.
In addition, past winners of the National Book Award are also on sale starting at just $4.99. And yes, you can find Ursula K. Leguin on the iBooks Store. So if you’ve never read her before, maybe start there.
All in all, this is a great opportunity to get some of the finest American writing of the last 65 years on the cheap. If you like to read, go to it.