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Author of the Month

Ruth Ozeki

Ruth Ozeki is an award-winning novelist and filmmaker. Her latest novel, The Book of Form & Emptiness, is on the shortlist for the 2022 Women's Prize for Fiction.

Ruth was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2013 and the National Book Critics Award for Fiction with her last novel, A Tale for the Time Being, which won the 2013 Independent Booksellers Book Award and the Kitchies Red Tentacle Award.

She is also the author of My Year of Meats and All Over Creation. 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.

New from Ruth Ozeki

The Book of Form and Emptiness : Winner of the Women's Prize for Fiction 2022 - Ruth Ozeki

SHORTLISTED FOR THE WOMEN'S PRIZE FOR FICTION When a book and a reader are meant for each other, both of them know it . . . After the tragic death of his father, fourteen-year-old Benny Oh begins to hear voices.

The voices belong to the things in his house and sound variously pleasant, angry or sad. Then his mother develops a hoarding problem, and the voices grow more clamorous. So Benny seeks refuge in the silence of a large public library.

There he meets a mesmerising street artist with a smug pet ferret; a homeless philosopher-poet; and his very own Book, who narrates Benny's life and teaches him to listen to the things that truly matter.

Blending unforgettable characters with jazz, climate change and our attachment to material possessions, this is classic Ruth Ozeki - bold, humane and heartbreaking.



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