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What's new: September 2022

The September 2022 update features five new biographies, including the science fiction and fantasy writer Ursula K. Le Guin; actor Kirk Douglas; film critic Vincent Canby; and two prominent architects: the furniture designer Florence Knoll and Edmund Bacon of the Philadelphia City Planning Commission.

Ursula K. Le Guin

Ursula K. Le Guin (1929–2018) inspired generations of writers with her detailed and sensitive descriptions of alien cultures, her thoughtful worldbuilding, and her skilled and graceful use of language. She won eight Hugo Awards, six Nebula Awards, and the 1973 National Book Award for children’s books. Readers around the world also responded to Le Guin’s willingness to expand the boundaries of the science fiction and fantasy genres through examining subjects such as gender, colonialism, political philosophy, and cultural diversity.

 

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SEPTEMBER 22, 2022

What's New: September 2022

The September 2022 update features five new biographies, including the science fiction and fantasy writer Ursula K. Le Guin; actor Kirk Douglas; film critic Vincent Canby; and two prominent architects: the furniture designer Florence Knoll and Edmund Bacon of the Philadelphia City Planning Commission.

AUGUST 25, 2022

What's New: August 2022

This update features four new biographies, including the extraordinarily influential evangelist Billy Graham; prolific journalist and sportswriter John Lardner; Olivia de Havilland, an Academy Award-winning actress who reshaped the Hollywood system by insisting on choosing her own parts; and poet and scholar Daniel Hoffman.

JULY 28, 2022

What's New: July 2022

This update features five new biographies, including the “Godmother of Title IX” Bernice “Bunny” Sandler; Boston civil rights activist Florida Ruffin Ridley; scholar and suffragist Grace Raymond Hebard; Lola Maverick Lloyd, an activist who fused feminism and pacifism; and Julia Tarrant Barron, Alabama philanthropist and college founder.