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Ruth Ozeki is an award-winning novelist and filmmaker. She is the author of My Year of Meats (1998) and All Over Creation (2002). Ozeki was born and raised in Connecticut, by an American father and Japanese mother. In June 2010 she was ordained as a Zen Buddhist priest. She divides her time between British Columbia and New York.
'I believe you can gauge the cultural health of an area by the number of independent bookshops and their ratio to, say, outlets of Gap.'
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Interview with Ruth Ozeki
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Design Week Feature
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A Tale for the Time Being Book Trailer
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The story behind the story
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Author Ruth Ozeki packs several stories into this Chinese box of a novel
BBC Radio 3 Nightwaves
'Rana Mitter talks to Danny Boyle about grand narrative history and his new film, and Ruth Ozeki discusses her new novel.'
Sunday Times Review
'It shouldn’t work, but this novel on time and belonging is a triumph'
Independent Design Blog
'I was pleased and astonished to find a newly published book that emphasises the fragility rather than the solidity of the printed book.'
Guardian Audio Edition
'This week our audiobook review looks at some of the best new fiction around, with Kate Atkinson's latest novel, Life after Life, and the latest from Ruth Ozeki, A Tale for the Time Being.'
Financial Times Small Talk
'What is the strangest thing I’ve done for research? I spent a disturbing amount of time on fetish websites.'
Guardian Books Podcast
'Michelle de Kretser and Ruth Ozeki talk about novels which span the globe, while Jo Glanville and Evie Wyld discuss a literary world in motion.'
'It is a story of times for being and beings through time. And it will change your life.'
Longlisted for the Booker Prize
A Tale for the Time Being hits the Booker longlist.
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An interview with Ruth Ozeki
Ruth Ozeki interview
Ruth Ozeki's new novel follows a writer and a reader whose lives intersect through a journal, lost in the 2011 Tsunami, and tells the story of how they make magic
A Tale for the Time Being book trailer
A quick demo from Canongate's office on how to blipp the Ruth Ozeki interactive jacket.
Blippar cover for A Tale For The Time Being
Ruth Ozeki's acceptance speech for the Kitchies Prize 2014
Ruth Ozeki's Kitschies Prize Acceptance Speech
Ruth Ozeki’s A Tale for the Time Being saw off competition last night from Anne Carson, Thomas Pynchon, Patrick Ness and James Smyth to secure the Red Tentacle (Novel) award...
Ruth Ozeki wins 2013 Kitschies Red Tentacle Award