Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti Reads Book Discussion: A Tale For The Time Being

Thursday January 22, 2015: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Downtown Library: 4th Floor Meeting Room

This event is intended for adults and teens grade 9 and up.

AADL staff will lead a discussion of "A Tale For The Time Being" by Ruth Ozeki, the book selected for Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti Reads 2015.

A brilliant, unforgettable novel, "A Tale For the Time Being" is an inventive, beguiling story of our shared humanity and the search for home. Published in 2014, the novel won the Medici Book Club Prize, the L.A. Times Book Prize, and was shortlisted for the Booker Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award.

Author Ruth Ozeki is a novelist, filmmaker, and Zen Buddhist priest. She is the award-winning author of three novels, My Year of Meats, All Over Creation, and A Tale for the Time Being. Her critically acclaimed independent films, including Halving the Bones, have been screened at Sundance and aired on PBS.

"A Tale For the Time Being" begins with Nao, a sixteen-year-old in Tokyo who 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 another character, 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.
Copies of the book are available at the Ann Arbor District Library, the Ypsilanti District Library and area bookstores. For more information on Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti Reads, visit the Reads website at aaypsireads.org.

Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti Reads 2015 Author Event: Ruth Ozeki, Author of 'A Tale for the Time Being'

Wednesday February 11, 2015: 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm -- Rackham Auditorium

This event is intended for grade 9 - adult.

For months hundreds of community members have been reading and discussing the award-winning novel A Tale For The Time Being by bestselling author Ruth Ozeki. Her book was selected for Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti Reads 2015 by a panel of judges which included Area Blogger Mark Maynard, Ann Arbor News Entertainment Reporter Jenn McKee, Musician San Slomovits, Ypsilanti City Council Member Dan Vogt and Ann Arbor City Council Member Chuck Warpehoski. Join us for an unforgettable night and hear her speak about her novel!

Novelist, filmmaker, and Zen Buddhist priest, Ruth Ozeki will discuss her work at a special appearance for the Ann Arbor / Ypsilanti Reads 2015.

A Tale For the Time Being begins with Nao, a sixteen-year-old in Tokyo who 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 another character, 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.

The book is 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.

The event includes a book signing and books will be for sale.

Rackham Auditorium is located at 915 East Washington Street in Ann Arbor.