Posted on March 13, 2023 at 2:00 PM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

Ursula K. Le Guin wrote books for all ages, including a children's series called Catwings, which has stayed popular throughout the decades since its publication.

Last year, the series moved publishers, and staff at the new company had a question for Le Guin's son (who also serves as her literary executor): What would Theo Downes-Le Guin think of changing certain adjectives?

Downes-Le Guin writes, in an essay at Literary Hub, that he was initially quite reluctant to drop the words ("lame," "stupid," "queer," and "dumb") but decided to create an advisory group to guide his ultimate decision.

Head to Lit Hub to read about how Downes-Le Guin considered his mother's beliefs and his own in coming to decide that slight revision was okay.

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