Ruth Ozeki

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Ruth Ozeki

Past Event: Thursday, November 20, 2014

At Town Hall Seattle

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Ruth Ozeki is a novelist, essayist, short story writer, filmmaker, and Zen Buddhist priest. Her most recent work, A Tale for the Time-Being (2013), was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award. Her documentary and dramatic independent films, including Halving the Bones, have been shown on PBS and at the Sundance Film Festival.

Presented in partnership with Hedgebrook.

Ordained as a Zen Buddhist priest in 2010, she is the editor of the website Everyday Zen, and has spoken about meditation with TEDx Talks. Ozeki divides her time between Brooklyn and Cortes Island, BC.

Ozeki’s Patron Reception will have nibbles generously donated by Hedgebrook.

Selected Works

Year of Meats 
All Over Creation (2003)
A Tale for the Time Being (2013)

Body of Correspondence (1994)
Halving the Bones (1995)

On My Year of Meats (Shambhala Sun Magazine, November 1999)
A Vacation with Ghosts (August 2004)The Art of Losing: On Writing, Dying, & Mom (Shambhala Sun Magazine, March 2008)
Confessions of a Zen Novelist (Buddhadharma Magazine, January 2013)
A Crucial Collaboration: Reader-Writer-Character-Book (Poets & Writers, May/June 2013)


TEDxBrooklyn :: Ruth Ozeki :: Zen Meditation Kick-Off
The New York Times: Japanese Diary Washes Ashore, Its Mysteries a Gift
The Guardian: Ruth Ozeki beats Thomas Pynchon to top Kitschie award
Salon: Salon’s ultimate book guide for 2013
Ruth Ozeki on Zen and the Art of Creativity

Event Details

Town Hall Seattle