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Discuss Ursula Le Guin's Award-Winning "Gifts"

Copies of Ursula Le Guin’s award-winning title “Gifts” are currently available for check-out at the front desk of Decorah Public Library. The Alfheim Fantasy book group will meet to discuss “Gifts” Thursday Sept. 11, 7 pm, at the library. The discussion is open to the public.
When Sep 11, 2008
from 07:00 PM to 08:00 PM
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Contact Phone 563-382-3717
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Copies of Ursula Le Guin’s award-winning title “Gifts” are currently available for check-out at the front desk of Decorah Public Library. The Alfheim Fantasy book group will meet to discuss “Gifts” Thursday Sept. 11, 7 pm, at the library. The discussion is open to the public.


          “Gifts” is set in the harsh and barren Uplands, where isolated clans possess a variety of magic powers in order to protect themselves from other feuding clans. Orrec's father, the leader of their clan, has the talent for "unmaking," a deadly gift he expects his son to inherit. Orrec's gift seems to be uncontrollable, so he must be permanently blindfolded to prevent him from accidentally hurting people. Meanwhile Ogge, the bullying leader of a neighboring clan, is threatening theft, destruction, and conquest.

 

          “Gifts” is the first book in Le Guin’s “Annals of the Western Shore” series; it was the recipient of the PEN/ USA award in 2005. According to the PEN/ USA Judges, “Gifts confirms Ursula Le Guin’s ability to invent a country where the natural and supernatural seem both harrowing and mundane…[this] is a novel of startling grace and mythological complexity, and it manages to be both hopeful and truthful about genetic destiny and personal will.”

 

The Alfheim Fantasy Book Group meets the second Thursday of each month, 7 pm, at Decorah Public Library. All interested readers are invited to attend meetings. For more information, contact Kristin at 382-3717.