Ruth Ozeki was the final speaker in the 2015 Winter Words series. She was interviewed on stage by Carole DeSanti, Vice President and Executive Editor at Viking Penguin. Carole edited Ruth’s Booker Prize-winning novel, A Tale for the Time-Being. After reading from her book, Ruth spoke to Carole about the writer-editor relationship, the re-writing process, and the characters behind her novel. Read the transcript from their talk. 

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