Ruth Ozeki with Karen Joy Fowler

Along with our bookselling friends and colleagues at Third Place Books here in Seattle and Lake Forest Park, and Village Books in Bellingham, we are thrilled to be presenting this virtual program with Ruth Ozeki for her just-published new novel, The Book of Form and Emptiness (Viking). Ruth Ozeki has been one of our favorite writers and human beings on the planet ever since June 1998 and her first visit to Elliott Bay for her spirited, audacious debut novel, My Year of Meats. She has been back this way every book since - her other novels, All Over Creation, the Booker finalist A Tale for the Time Being, and her autobiographical The Face: A Time Code. This esteemed novelist, filmmaker, Zen Buddhist priest, and creative writing professor is at the height of her powers in this luminous new work.

“Ozeki’s illuminating postmodern latest […] explores themes of mourning, madness, and the powers of the imagination . . . Ozeki playfully and successfully breaks the fourth wall […] and she cultivates a striking blend of young adult fiction tropes with complex references to Walter Benjamin, Zen Buddhism, and Marxist philosophy. This is the rare work that will entertain teenagers, literary fiction readers, and academics alike.” —Publishers Weekly.

“This compassionate novel of life, love and loss glows in the dark. Its strange, beautiful pages turn themselves. If you’ve lost your way with fiction over the last year or two, let The Book of Form and Emptiness light your way home.” —David Mitchell.

“Once again, Ozeki has created a masterpiece. Her generous heart, remarkable imagination, and brilliant mind light up every page.” —Karen Joy Fowler.

Karen Joy Fowler, also a favorite of readers hereabouts, most recently author of We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves, will get to expand and elaborate on those comments by engaging with Ruth Ozeki in conversation this evening, one sure to be a delight.

This is a virtual event, taking place on Zoom Webinar. Zoom links will be sent out 48 hours before the event.

Each ticket includes event access and a signed copy of The Book of Form and Emptiness, shipped to an address within the Continental U.S. via USPS Media Mail. Books will be shipped after the Event.


Co-presented by Third Place Books, Village Books, and Elliott Bay Book Company.

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The Book of Form and Emptiness: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780399563645
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order: Scroll Down to Product Details for Release Date
Published: Viking - September 21st, 2021

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My Year of Meats: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780140280463
Availability: Ships in 2-10 Days
Published: Penguin Books - March 1st, 1999

All Over Creation: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780142003893
Availability: Backordered
Published: Penguin Books - March 30th, 2004

A Tale for the Time Being: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780143124870
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Penguin Books - December 31st, 2013

The Face: A Time Code Cover Image
ISBN: 9781632060525
Availability: Ships in 2-10 Days
Published: Restless Books - March 1st, 2016

We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780142180822
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons - February 25th, 2014

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Wednesday, September 22, 2021 - 6:00pm
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