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Everybody Reads 2023: Ruth Ozeki

Thu, March 16 from 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm PDT
222 SW Clay St. Portland, Oregon 97201


Celebrate the power of books to create a stronger community by attending the 2023 Everybody Reads author event with Ruth Ozeki!

In partnership with Multnomah County Library and The Library Foundation, Literary Arts is proud to present a lecture by bestselling author Ruth Ozeki as the culminating event of Everybody Reads 2023. Everybody Reads is an annual community-wide project that promotes shared reading and discussion around a single book.  This year’s programming will center on Ozeki’s A Tale for the Time Being, a finalist for the Booker Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award. Copies of the book are available for free at all Multnomah County Library branches thanks to the generosity of The Library Foundation. 

Free and reduced-priced tickets are available to this event. Learn more here.

Through our ‘Students to the Schnitz’ initiative, ALL youth 17 & under (or with a valid high school ID) can claim FREE tickets to this event. Order online by entering promo code YOUTH before making a seating selection, or call Portland’5 Box Office at 503-248-4335 to both purchase tickets and claim free youth tickets over the phone.

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In Tokyo, sixteen-year-old Nao has decided there’s only one escape from her aching loneliness and her classmates’ bullying. But before she ends it all, Nao first plans to document the life of her great grandmother, a Buddhist nun who’s lived more than a century. A diary is Nao’s only solace—and will touch lives in ways she can scarcely imagine. Across the Pacific, we meet Ruth, a novelist living on a remote island who discovers a collection of artifacts washed ashore in a Hello Kitty lunchbox—possibly debris from the devastating 2011 tsunami. As the mystery of its contents unfolds, Ruth is pulled into the past, into Nao’s drama and her unknown fate, and forward into her own future.Full of Ozeki’s signature humor and deeply engaged with the relationship between writer and reader, past and present, fact and fiction, quantum physics, history, and myth, A Tale for the Time Being is a brilliantly inventive, beguiling story of our shared humanity and the search for home.

At this time this event does not require proof of vaccination. Wearing a face mask is optional but strongly recommended.

Vaccination and masking policies will vary for all our events this season and will depend on factors such as public health mandates, venue requirements, and artist preferences, which are subject to change.

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To support this event as a sponsor, please contact Lydah DeBin at lydah@literary-arts.org or call 503-989-7110.

Ruth Ozeki

Ruth Ozeki is a novelist, filmmaker, and Zen Buddhist priest. She is the award-winning author of three novels, My Year of MeatsAll Over Creation, and A Tale for the Time Being, which was a finalist for the 2013 Booker Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award, won the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, and has been published in over thirty countries. The Los Angeles Times called the novel “exquisite,” the Washington Post called it a “dazzling tapestry of metaphor and meaning,” and the Oprah Magazine declared it “masterfully woven.” Her latest novel is The Book of Form and Emptiness. Her nonfiction work includes a memoir, The Face: A Time Code, and the documentary film, Halving the Bones. She is affiliated with the Everyday Zen Foun­dation and teaches creative writing at Smith College, where she is the Grace Jarcho Ross 1933 Professor of Humanities.  
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