After the US Postal Service essentially saved democracy, the least you can do is hang stamps. But maybe you need that soft local angle. We understood! And so, apparently, does the USPS.
The Postal Service announced a new range of stamps on Friday, one of which includes Ursula K. Le Guin, “Which has broadened the scope of literature through novels and short stories that have increased critical and popular appreciation of science fiction and fantasy,” the agency wrote in a statement.
We are delighted to announce that the 33rd stamp in the US Postal Service’s Literary Arts series honors Ursula. The stamp will be released later this year, a date to be determined. Now all of our letters will be three ounces! Thank you @USPS for this distinction. https://t.co/H0jw1KmhUb pic.twitter.com/NA8Yz7I7fl
– Ursula K. Le Guin (@ursulaleguin) January 15, 2021
The stamp features a portrait of Le Guin by Donato Giancola, a science fiction and fantasy painter, based on a 2006 photograph. The background features a scene from his 1969 novel The left hand of darkness on the winter planet Gethen.
Le Guin, who died in 2018, will be playing at the 33e stamp from the Literary Arts series (unrelated to the Portland organization), which features an author on a stamp each year since 1979, including James Baldwin, Flannery O’Connor, Ernest Hemingway, Zora Neale Hurston, Tennessee Williams, and more. John Steinbeck was the first author featured in the series.
Other stamps in the 2021 USPS lineup feature MLB All-Star Yogi Berra, Artist Emilio Sanchez, The Illusionary Mallard, and more.