Berkeley-born author Ursula K. Le Guin died on Jan. 22. Creative Commons photo, resized and cropped: Marian Wood Kolisch/KALW

Last week the Bay Area lost a homegrown hero, Berkeley-born writer Ursula K. Le Guin.

She passed away on Jan. 22 at her home in Portland, Oregon. Le Guin was the author of over 50 books, and is often credited with bridging the worlds of science fiction and fantasy and so-called “serious” literary fiction.

Bay Area documentarian Arwen Curry has spent nearly a decade working on a feature documentary film about the writer, called “Worlds of Ursula K. Le Guin.” It will be released in 2018. Click the audio player above to listen to the full story and an excerpt from the documentary, where we hear about the creation of Le Guin’s fantasy world, Earthsea.

This story has been republished with permission from KALW

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