Acclaimed author Ursula K. Le Guin is being celebrated with a new Forever stamp, the 33rd in the U.S. Postal Service's Literary Arts series. The stamp was unveiled in a ceremony this week at the Portland, Ore., Art Museum.
"Ursula once said she wanted to see science fiction step over the old walls of convention and hit right into the next wall--and start to break it down, too," said Joseph Corbett, USPS CFO and executive v-p, who served as the stamp ceremony's dedicating official. "She felt the ideas represented in her fiction could help people become more aware of other ways to do things, other ways to be and to help people wake up."
The stamp, designed by Donato Gionacola, with Antonio Alcalá as art director, features a portrait of Le Guin based on a 2006 photograph and a background that references the wintry world and characters she created in The Left Hand of Darkness. The Le Guin stamps can be purchased through the Postal Store at usps.com/shopstamps, by calling 844-737-7826, by mail through USA Philatelic, or at Post Office locations nationwide.