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Thursday, February 19, 2015 at 7:30 PM
Ruth Ozeki is a novelist, filmmaker, and Zen Buddhist priest. Her most recent novel, A Tale for the Time Being (2013), was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize and a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle. Elizabeth Gilbert calls it “a beautifully interwoven novel about magic and loss and the incomprehensible threads that connect our lives,” and Junot Diaz says, “Ozeki is one of my favorite novelists and here she is at her absolute best—bewitching, intelligent, hilarious, and heartbreaking, often on the same page.” Her other novels are My Year of Meats (1998) and All Over Creation (2003), which Michael Pollan called a “smart and compelling novel about a world we don’t realize we live in.” Her independent films have been shown at Sundance and other festivals.