Ruth Ozeki is a novelist, filmmaker, and Zen Buddhist priest. Her first two novels, My Year of Meats and All Over Creation were both New York Times Notable Books and have been translated into 11 languages and published in 14 countries. Her most recent work, A Tale for the Time-Being, was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award in 2013, and is the winner of the LA Times Book Prize and the Medici Book Club Prize. Ruth’s documentary and dramatic independent films 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.
“Ruth Ozeki is bent on taking the novel into corners of American culture no one else has thought to look.”
—Michael Pollan, author of The Omnivore’s Dilemma
“An exquisite novel: funny, tragic, hard-edged and ethereal at once.”—Los Angeles Times
Moderator: Carole DeSanti
Carole DeSanti is Vice President and Executive Editor at Viking Penguin, A Division of Penguin Random House. She is known for championing high-quality literary and commercial fiction, breaking out new voices, and seeking out forward-looking and innovative topics and writers. Carole’s fiction list includes Dorothy Allison’s contemporary classic Bastard out of Carolina, Melissa Bank’s The Girls’ Guide to Hunting and Fishing, the novels of Terry McMillan, Booker-Prize Finalist Ruth Ozeki’s A Tale for the Time Being, Marisha Pessl’s Special Topics in Calamity Physics, the #1 bestselling novels of Deborah Harkness, A Discovery of Witches, Shadow of Night, and The Book of Life, and debut novelist Rebecca Scherm’s Unbecoming. Her nonfiction includes titles in the memoir, health and psychology area, including David Servan-Schreiber’s acclaimed Anticancer, A New Way of Life, Jungian analyst Marion Woodman’s Bone, and George Hodgman’s New York Times bestselling memoir Bettyville. Carole has written for The New York Times, the Guardian, Huffington Post and The Women’s Review of Books. Her critically acclaimed novel, The Unruly Passions of Eugénie R., was published in 2012 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.