Bestselling writer, filmmaker and Zen Buddhist priest Ruth Ozeki will discuss her life and her bestselling book “A Tale for the Time Being” several times free this week as part of the annual Whatcom Reads program.
Ozeki’s 2013 story about a Japanese girl whose diary washes ashore on an island off the coast of British Columbia was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award. She’s also a filmmaker whose works have been shown on PBS-TV and at the Sundance Film Festival. Ozeki was ordained a Zen Buddhist priest in 2010 and is affiliated with the Brooklyn Zen Center and the Everyday Zen Foundation.
Whatcom Reads is a countywide program that encourages all residents to read and discuss the same book in one year. Free events this week include:
▪ Book discussion at 11 a.m. Thursday, March 3, in the Ferndale Library, 2125 Main St.
▪ “Principles of Buddhism” discussion at 1:30 p.m. Friday, March 4, in the YWCA Ballroom, 1026 N. Forest St.
▪ “An Evening with Ruth Ozeki,” in which she’ll discuss her life as a novelist, filmmaker, and Zen Buddhist at 7 p.m. Friday, March 4, at the Mount Baker Theatre, 104 North Commercial St. No ticket required; seating is first-come, first-served. Lobby opens at 6 p.m.; seating by 6:30 p.m.
▪ “The Art and Craft of Writing,” at 1 p.m. Saturday, March 5, in the Wilson Library Reading Room at Western Washington University, 516 High St.