Word Works: Ruth Ozeki

Word Works: Ruth Ozeki

Event Details

Word Works: Ruth Ozeki

Hugo House

Friday, 23 February 2018, 19:00

Event Description

Venue TBA
Presented in partnership with Search For Meaning Festival

Novelist, filmmaker, and Zen Buddhist priest, Ruth Ozeki will discuss the craft and art of writing.

Ozeki's most recent book, A Tale for the Time Being, was a finalist for the Man Booker Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award. In Salon, Junot Díaz called the book bewitching, intelligent, hilarious, and heartbreaking.

“Ruth Ozeki is bent on taking the novel into corners of American culture no one else thought to look—but where she finds us in all our transcultural and technological weirdness.” – Michael Pollan

“Ozeki is one of the smartest (and funniest) writers I know, and in this novel she flat-out knocks it out of the park. A Tale for the Time Being is as layered and mysterious as life and it’s overwhelmingly wise, reaching across lands and language and time to show the unity, solitude, confusion and hope at the heart of the human experience. A powerful, beautiful book.” – Junot Díaz, Salon

General: $15 | Hugo House member: $12 | Student (with ID): $6
Tickets at door dependent on availability.

Books will be for sale through Elliott Bay Book Company.


Ruth Ozeki’s first two novels, My Year of Meats (1998) and All Over Creation (2003), have been translated into eleven languages and published in fourteen countries. Her most recent novel, A Tale for the Time-Being (2013), won the LA Times Book Prize, was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize and the National Book Critic’s Circle Award, and has been published in over thirty countries.

Her work of personal nonfiction, The Face: A Time Code (2016), was published by Restless Books as part of their groundbreaking series called The Face. Her documentary and dramatic independent films, including Halving the Bones, have been shown on PBS, at the Sundance Film Festival, and at colleges and universities across the country.

A longtime Buddhist practitioner, Ruth was ordained in 2010 and is affiliated with the Brooklyn Zen Center and the Everyday Zen Foundation.

She lives in British Columbia and New York City, and is currently the Elizabeth Drew Professor of Creative Writing at Smith College.


For those who sit and stare in wonder at a sentence, a turn of phrase, or a particularly great execution of a literary device, marveling at how they could come about, Word Works talks show writers at their most revealing, with live close-readings demonstrating different facets of writing.

These talks by novelists, essayists, poets, and memoirists draw back the curtain on the process of writing. Each talk by a guest writer focuses on a specific element—such as dialogue, metaphor, voice, or structure—that should be in every writer’s toolbox. The talks are followed by an interview with a noted editor, writer, or critic.

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Hugo House

1021 Columbia Street, 98104 Seattle, United States

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