Press Release: THE BOOKS OF EARTHSEA Publishing 2018



Includes a new Earthsea story “The Daughter of Oren”

New York, NY, July 12, 2016—Saga Press, an imprint of Simon & Schuster, announced today that it will publish two story collections and a special illustrated edition of the Earthsea novels with exclusive new material by legendary science fiction and fantasy writer Ursula K. Le Guin.

photo-ursulakleguinTitles publishing in Fall 2016 include The Found and the Lost, a group of novellas collected for the first time; and The Unreal and the Real, a selection of short stories. A boxed set of both collections will also be available.

For the first time, the complete novels and short stories of Earthsea will be compiled in one volume titled The Books of Earthsea: The Complete Illustrated Edition. Stories will include the new, never-before-published in print Earthsea story “The Daughter of Odren,” along with the novels A Wizard of Earthsea, The Tombs of Atuan, The Farthest Shore, Tehanu, Tales from Earthsea, and The Other Wind, in addition to the stories “The Word of Unbinding” and “The Rule of Names.” This omnibus will also include a new introduction by Le Guin as well as the essay “Earthsea Revisioned.” With color and black-and-white illustrations by award-winning illustrator Charles Vess, The Books of Earthsea will publish in Fall 2018 to mark the fiftieth anniversary of the publication of A Wizard of Earthsea.

“It took me thirty-two years to write Earthsea and then sixteen more years to get it published as what it is, a single story from beginning to end,” says Le Guin. “Authors and wizards learn to be patient while the magic works. An author knows it’s working when it leads to collaboration with a wizard like Charles Vess.”

“Having the privilege to publish one of the world’s greatest writers here at Saga is an unending fount of joy for me,” says Joe Monti, Editorial Director of Saga Press, who acquired North American rights to The Found and the Lost and The Books of Earthsea. “This publishing program is a celebration of Le Guin’s writing, which will place many of her lauded works in formats that new readers can come to with a fresh eye and appreciation. The two collections range from the timeless fables ‘The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas’ and ‘The Poacher’ to a child wandering in the desert of ‘Buffalo Gals, Won’t You Come Out Tonight’ to the ship wandering in space of ‘Paradises Lost.’ And the Earthsea volume—the first complete illustrated edition—will offer the joined vision of Le Guin and Vess, author and artist, working closely together.”

speakman-shawnShawn Speakman is the author of The Dark Thorn, an urban/epic fantasy hybrid novel bestselling author Terry Brooks calls, “a fine tale by a talented writer.” He also edited the bestselling anthology Unfettered.

When Shawn isn’t lying for a living, he runs The Signed Page and Grim Oak Press. Follow him on Facebook and @shawnspeakman!