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Margaret Kingsbury grew up in a house so crammed with books she couldn’t open a closet door without a book stack tumbling, and she’s brought that same decorative energy to her adult life. Margaret has an MA in English with a concentration in writing and has worked as a bookseller and adjunct English professor. She’s currently a freelance writer and editor, and in addition to Book Riot, her pieces have appeared in School Library Journal, BuzzFeed News, The Lily, Parents,, and more. She particularly loves children’s books, fantasy, science fiction, horror, graphic novels, and any books with disabled characters. You can read more about her bookish and parenting shenanigans in Book Riot’s twice-weekly The Kids Are All Right newsletter. You can also follow her kidlit bookstagram account @BabyLibrarians, or on Twitter @AReaderlyMom.

In 2016, journalist Arwen Curry kickstarted a documentary about Ursula K. Le Guin, which received more than twice the goal amount. Now, two years later, she’s released the first trailer for “Worlds of Ursula K. Le Guin.” And it looks beautiful. The trailer shows interview excerpts from Neil Gaiman, Margaret Atwood, and Theodora Goss, among others, and features Le Guin herself explaining magic and the creative process. Curry was able to collaborate with Le Guin in the years preceding Le Guin’s death in January. She combines those interviews with archival footage as well as interviews with Le Guin scholars and fans.

I can think of no other contemporary author whose richness of thought compares to Le Guin’s. I cannot wait to watch this documentary, tissues handy, and sink deeper into the life and body of work of one of the greatest authors of our time.

“To learn to make something well can take your whole life,” Le Guin says at the end of the trailer. “And it’s worth it.” (cue tears)

Here’s the documentary trailer. What do you think?