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Whatcom County events feature noted writer, filmmaker Ruth Ozeki

Novelist, filmmaker and Zen Buddhist priest Ruth Ozeki speaks at several locations in Whatcom County this week.
Novelist, filmmaker and Zen Buddhist priest Ruth Ozeki speaks at several locations in Whatcom County this week. Courtesy to The Bellingham Herald

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.

▪  Ozeki’s film “Halving the Bones” will show at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, March 3, at the Pickford Film Center, 1318 Bay St. A pre-film reception is at 5:30 p.m.; tickets at the box office.

▪  “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.

▪  “An Interview with Ruth Ozeki,” 7 p.m. Saturday, March 5, at the Jansen Art Center, 321 Front St, Lynden.

Robert Mittendorf: 360-715-2805, @bhamMitty

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