to Nov 16

Putting Pen to Palm Leaf: Buddhism and Contemporary Literature Series

This series will bring four eminent writers whose work explores or is inflected by themes deriving from Buddhism to Smith and the Five Colleges for one to two week visits to share their ideas and practice with our students, faculty and the wider community.

Each visitor will stay for one to two weeks and each will:

  • Present a public lecture;

  • Give a public reading from her or his writing;

  • Offer a faculty session of a Smith College Kahn Liberal Arts Institute short-term project to be distributed over the four visits;

  • Offer a student seminar, with credit available to students who participate in all four classes with visiting writers and some supplementary sessions and who register for a Buddhist Studies Program special studies course;

  • Present work at a meeting of the Five College Buddhist Studies Faculty Seminar;

  • Make class visits.

*Public Reading at Amherst College, Workshops & Seminars at Amherst College

Wednesday, November 7, 7:30 p.m., public reading from her work, Frost Library, CHI Think Tank, Amherst College 
Saturday, November 10, 9:30 a.m.–4 p.m., faculty seminar/workshop, Kahn Institute.
Monday, November 12, 5 p.m., public lecture, Seelye 201: "The Contemplative "I": Zen and the Art of Autobiographical Fiction"
Wednesday, November 14, 7–9 p.m., student seminar, Dewey Common
Thursday, November 15, 5:30–7 p.m., Five College Buddhist Studies Faculty Seminar, Philosophy Lounge, Dewey

For more information, please visit Smith College Buddhist Studies page.

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to Sep 16

Zen Studies Society's 50th Anniversary Celebration of New York Zendo Shobo-ji: Reading, Dialogue with Larry Shainberg, & Signing

A full weekend of events celebrating this historic milestone. Activities will include talks by two Zen Masters visiting from Japan, a keynote address by noted astrophysicist Adam Frank, readings by authors Ruth Ozeki and Larry Shainberg, and an all-day sit. An exhibit of important historical documents related to ZSS and the establishment of Zen in America will also be on view.

Ruth Ozeki's event will be held on Saturday 9/15 at 2:00 PM.

For full schedule, more information, and tickets, please click here.

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12:00 PM12:00

Central Washington University, Lion Rock Visiting Writers Series: Craft Talk, Presentation and Signing

The Lion Rock Visiting Writers Series schedules readings every quarter and features nationally known writers reading their own work. 

12:00-1:00: Craft Talk in Black Hall, Room 151

6:00-7:30: Presentation and Signing, SURC Theatre

For more information, please visit the Central Washington University event page.

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10:45 AM10:45

Seattle University, Search for Meaning Festival: Keynote Presentation, Q&A, Book Signing

  • Seattle University: Pigott Auditorium (map)
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Search for Meaning is Seattle University’s annual community festival dedicated to topics surrounding the human quest for meaning, and the characteristics of an ethical and well-lived life. Hosted on the university’s campus, Search for Meaning draws over 50 nationally and internationally acclaimed authors and artists for an interactive, introspective experience. 

For registration and more information, please visit the Search for Meaning Festival event page.

For full schedule of events, please click here.

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7:00 PM19:00

Hugo House: Word Works Craft Talk and Q&A

Presented in partnership with Seattle University’s Search for Meaning Festival

Word Works talks by novelists, essayists, poets, and memoirists draw back the curtain on the process of writing. Each talk by a guest writer focuses on a specific element—such as dialogue, metaphor, voice, or structure—that should be in every writer’s toolbox. The talks are followed by an interview with a noted editor, writer, or critic.

For tickets and more information, please visit the Hugo House event page.

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11:00 AM11:00

Brooklyn Zen Center: Reading and Q&A, The Face

Join the Brooklyn Zen Center for its Saturday morning program with a reading, Q&A and book signing with Ruth Ozeki, Zen Buddhist priest and author of The Face: A Time Code.

Zen Buddhist priest and beloved author of A Tale for the Time Being Ruth Ozeki will give a reading from her most recent book, The Face: A Time Code, a short memoir that recounts, in moment-to-moment detail, a profound encounter with memory and the mirror. Ozeki challenges herself to spend three hours gazing into her own reflection, recording her thoughts, and noticing every possible detail. Those solitary hours open up a lifetime’s worth of meditations on race, aging, family, death, the body, self-doubt, and, finally, acceptance. The reading will be followed by a Q&A session, book signing, and meet-and-greet. Books may be purchased for the author to sign. Community lunch will follow.

Brooklyn Zen Center is a Soto Zen community in the tradition of San Francisco Zen Center’s founder, Shunryu Suzuki. The community’s founding students came from both San Francisco Zen Center and Austin Zen Center, where they studied with dharma teachers from both centers. The mission of Brooklyn Zen Center is to cultivate an open community based on the Buddha’s teachings of love and interconnectedness. 

More information here.

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7:00 PM19:00

Asian American Writers' Workshop with Tash Aw

  • Asian American Writers' Workshop (map)
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On Friday, September 23, Ruth Ozeki and Tash Aw, both authors in Restless's The Face series, will appear at the Asian American Writers' Workshop. Ozeki's The Face: A Time Code and Aw's The Face: Strangers on a Pier will be available for sale from Word Up Books.

Established in 1991, the Asian American Writers' Workshop (AAWW) is a national not-for-profit arts organization devoted to the creating, publishing, developing and disseminating of creative writing by Asian Americans–in other words, it's the preeminent organization dedicated to the belief that Asian American stories deserve to be told.

More information here.

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7:00 PM19:00

Red Ink: Reading Series hosted by Michele Filgate

Red Ink: Reading Series
Panel Discussion - Writing the Body - with Eileen Myles, Ruth Ozeki, Porochista Khakpour, Anna March, and Alexandra Kleeman

About Red Ink:

Red Ink is a new quarterly series curated by Michele Filgate, co-sponsored by Literary Hub. Red Ink makes one think of vitality, blood, the monthly cycle, correcting history, and making a mark on the world. This dynamic series will focus on women writers, past and present. The second discussion, "Writing the Body," will feature Eileen Myles (I Must Be Living Twice: New and Selected Poems, Chelsea Girls), Ruth Ozeki (The Face: A Time Code, A Tale for the Time Being), Porochista Khakpour (The Last Illusion, a forthcoming memoir called Sick), Anna March (Salon, The Rumpus, The New York Times), and Alexandra Kleeman (You Too Can Have A Body Like Mine, Intimations).

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7:00 PM19:00

Ruth Ozeki Launches THE FACE at Smith College

  • Smith College, Neilson Library Browsing Room (map)
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 In Ruth Ozeki’s The Face: A Time Code, the bestselling author of A Tale for the Time Being challenges herself to spend three hours gazing into her own reflection, recording her thoughts, and noticing every possible detail. Those solitary hours open up a lifetime's worth of meditations on race, aging, family, death, the body, self-doubt, and, finally, acceptance. A Zen Buddhist priest, Ozeki calls on her experience of growing up in the wake of World War II as a half-Japanese, half-Caucasian American; of having a public face as an author; of studying the intricate art of the Japanese Noh mask; of being ordained; and of her own and her parents’ aging, to paint a rich and utterly unique portrait of a life as told through a face.  


Reading, Q&A, Signing, and Refreshments

Books provided by Broadside Bookshop

Published by Restless Books


Please visit the Restless Books website for more information.

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4:30 PM16:30

AWP Conference: A Reading and Conversation

Kelly Link, Emily St. John Mandel, and Ruth Ozeki: A Reading and Conversation, Sponsored by Penguin Random House Speakers Bureau

This event brings together three brilliant contemporary female writers—Kelly Link, Emily St. John Mandel, and Ruth Ozeki—to read and discuss their craft and experiences as genre-bending authors. Kelly Link is the recipient of an NEA grant and is the author of Get in Trouble. Emily St. John Mandel is the author of Station Eleven, a finalist for the 2014 National Book Award. Ruth Ozeki is the author of A Tale for the Time Being, which was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize. 

Ruth Ozeki is a filmmaker, novelist, and Zen Buddhist priest. Her novels have been published internationally, and her most recent work, A Tale for the Time Being, is a New York Times bestseller and was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize. 

Kelly Link is the author of Stranger Things HappenMagic for Beginners, and the forthcoming collection Get in Trouble. Her short stories have appeared in Tin HouseBest American Short Stories, and the Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction. With Gavin J. Grant, she runs Small Beer Press.

For more information, please visit the AWP website.

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to Mar 5

Whatcom Reads!

  • Bellingham Public Library (map)
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Whatcom READS! is a county-wide program that encourages everyone to read and discuss the same book. It is organized by all the public and academic libraries in Whatcom County and our community partner, Village Books, with significant funding from Friends of the Bellingham Public Library and Whatcom County Library Foundation and support from other local businesses and organizations.

Each year, a new book is selected by Whatcom READS organizers. Community members are encouraged to read or listen to the book, share it with family, friends and neighbors, and participate in programs and special events that follow the themes in the book selection. Each series culminates with a visit by the author of the selected book, who makes numerous free-of-charge presentations at locations throughout the county.

Ruth Ozeki is scheduled to visit Whatcom County March 3-5, 2016 at events throughout Whatcom County. All events free-of-charge and open to the public!

Thursday, March 3

  • 11:00 a.m. Book Discussion with Ruth Ozeki, Ferndale Library, Ferndale
  • 6:30 p.m. "Halving the Bones" Film Screening, Pickford Film Center, Bellingham (pre-film reception at 5:30 p.m.)

Friday, March 4

  • 1:30 p.m. Principles of Buddhism with Ruth Ozeki, YWCA Ballroom, Bellingham
  • 7:00 p.m. An Evening with Ruth Ozeki, Mount Baker Theatre, Bellingham

Saturday, March 5

  • 1:00 p.m. The Art and Craft of Writing, Wilson Library Reading Room, Western Washington University
  • 7:00 p.m. An Interview with Ruth Ozeki, Jansen Art Center, Lynden

For more information, visit Whatcom Reads! website.

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9:30 AM09:30

Bay Path University: First Year Read, Annual Thumbprint Lecture

In preparation for the campus visit by author Ruth Ozeki, all first-year students and transfer students in WEL 100 will read A Tale for the Time Being. All in the Bay Path learning community are invited to read the novel and consider it in relation to the University Theme, “What does it mean to live well?” The novel presents much to consider and discuss, such as the value of emotional well-being, financial stability, the role of spirituality, and local and global connections with people and communities.

Discussion, Q&A, and book signing. Free and open to the public.

For more information, please visit the Bay Path University website.

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7:00 PM19:00

Lopez Bookshop, An Evening with Ruth Ozeki

Ruth Ozeki is a novelist, filmmaker, and Zen Buddhist priest whose award-winning books are witty, intelligent, and passionate. Her first novel, My Year of Meats, is a poignant, funny tale about global meat and media production. All Over Creation features a family farmer, his prodigal daughter, an itinerant gang of environmental activists, and a New Age corporate spin-doctor whose lives and interests collide in Liberty Falls, Idaho.

Her most recent novel, A Tale for the Time-Being, was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize; it tells the story of a mysterious diary which washes up on a beach on the Pacific Northwest coast of Canada in the wake of the 2011 Japanese earthquake and tsunami.

Admission: Free

For more information, please visit The Lopez Bookshop website.

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6:00 PM18:00

Author Salon with Ruth Ozeki and Meeru Dhalwala

Ruth Ozeki is a novelist, filmmaker, and Zen Buddhist priest. Her first two novels, My Year of Meats and All Over Creation, 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. 

Chef and author, Meeru Dhalwala is the dynamic owner of acclaimed Indian restaurant, Shanik, located in South Lake Union. In her cookbook, Vij's at Home: Relax, Honey, Meeru describes the warmth and easy of Indian cooking and provides easily adaptable and versatile recipes that go from stove to table in less than 45 minutes.

Ben and Lisa Slivka, former Microsoft Executives, will welcome you to their beautiful home in Clyde Hill with stunning views of Lake Washington and the Seattle skyline.

Event hosted by Literary Lions Gala, King County Library System.

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10:00 AM10:00

To Study the Self: A Writing Workshop with Ruth Ozeki

“To study the Buddha way is to study the self. To study the self is to forget the self. To forget the self is to be actualized by the myriad things of the world. When actualized by the myriad things, the body-mind of self and other drop away. No trace of realization remains, and we express this ungraspable trace endlessly.”

– Dogen Zenji, Genjo Koan

The self is the starting point for both writing and Zen practice. In this workshop we’ll look at the ways in which we construct our selves through our narratives and, conversely, how we construct our narratives from our selves. We’ll use mindfulness and writing exercises to help us tap into our stories, and then use them as a ground from which to investigate the porous boundaries between fact and fiction, history and memory, the imaginary and the real. We’ll also talk about how the self can get in our way and hinder our creative expression, and what we can do about it.

This workshop is suitable for anyone interested in writing in any genre—in fiction, nonfiction, memoir, or poetry.

Registration closes at noon on 4/25.

For more information and registration, please visit the Brooklyn Zen Center website.

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8:00 PM20:00

John Dos Passos Prize for Literature Award Ceremony at Longwood University

The John Dos Passos Prize for Literature, founded in 1980, is named for a talented but overlooked 20th century American writer. The prize recognizes contemporary writers who employ themes that run through Dos Passos’ work. Recipients are American creative writers who have produced a substantial body of published work that displays characteristics of Dos Passos’ writing: an intense and original exploration of specifically American themes, an experimental approach to form and an interest in a wide range of human experiences. 

Ozeki will read from her work and be awarded the Dos Passos Prize in an April 24 ceremony at Longwood University. The public is invited to attend.

More details here!

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6:00 PM18:00

Aspen Winter Words

  • Paepcke Auditorium, The Aspen Institute (map)
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Literary fiction, investigative journalism, cultural reflection, poetry … Winter Words 2015 has it all. This year’s series features some of the most heralded and innovative writers of our time. Please join us at Paepcke auditorium for five evenings of readings, musings, and conversations designed to challenge, surprise and delight.

For more information, please visit The Aspen Institute website

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