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One-Time Intimate Talk w/ Ruth Ozeki

Join this One-Time Intimate Talk with Ruth Ozeki.

We are thrilled to have Ruth Ozeki as one of our one-time intimate talks for our 2021 Community Fundraiser. By purchasing a seat here to this talk, you’ll be receiving an autographed copy of The Book of Form and Emptiness, which was published September 2021 by Viking. While you can read more about Ruth below or on her site here, there’s so much to be said about her work.

“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,” writes David Mitchell.

Described as “heart-breaking and heart-healing” by Matt Haig, he says this book is “a book to not only keep us absorbed but also to help us think and love and live and listen.” Dave Eggers doubles down on this notion: “This is both an extremely vivid picture of a small family enduring unimaginable loss, and a very powerful meditation on the way books can contain the chaos of the world and give it meaning and order. The Book of Form and Emptiness ratifies Ozeki as one of our era’s most compassionate and original minds.”


There are only 14 available seats for purchase for this one-time intimate talk.

Click “Reserve your seat today” below, but if you are unable to join due to financial constraints, there is 1 scholarship spot available for this talk. If you’d like to apply for the scholarship seat for this talk, just email us at by Dec. 17, 2021. Scholarships will be awarded via raffle on Dec. 24, 2021, by email.

Reserve your seat today.

Please note that the date for this talk has not yet been announced. You are welcome to buy your ticket now to ensure yourself a seat, but these tickets are non-refundable. So should you not be able to join at the determined time & date (between Jan 14 – Mar 14), you can either transfer your seat to someone else or donate your seat back to us, which would then be offered as a scholarship to someone who otherwise wouldn’t have been able to join. And, the autographed copy of The Book of Form and Emptiness will ship out the week of Jan. 3, 2022, by priority mail. Please read all the information here about our Community Fundraiser, as there are discounts for our TSW Past Contributors, and options to gift these talks or autographed books to friends and/or loved ones.



Ruth Ozeki is a novelist, filmmaker, and Zen Buddhist priest, whose books have garnered international acclaim for their ability to integrate issues of science, technology, religion, environmental politics, and global pop culture into unique, hybrid, narrative forms.

Her new novel, The Book of Form and Emptiness, published by Viking in September 2021, tells the story of a young boy who, after the death of his father, starts to hear voices and finds solace in the companionship of his very own book. Her first two novels, My Year of Meats (1998) and All Over Creation (2003), have been translated into 11 languages and published in 14 countries. Her third novel, A Tale for the Time Being (2013), won the LA Times Book Prize, was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award, and has been published in over thirty countries. Her work of personal non-fiction, The Face: A Time Code (2016), was published by Restless Books as part of their groundbreaking series called The Face. Ruth’s documentary and dramatic independent films, including Halving the Bones, have been shown on PBS, at the Sundance Film Festival, and at colleges and universities across the country. A longtime Buddhist practitioner, Ruth was ordained in 2010 and is affiliated with the Brooklyn Zen Center and the Everyday Zen Foundation. She splits her time between Western Massachusetts, New York City, and British Columbia, Canada. She currently teaches creative writing at Smith College, where she is the Grace Jarcho Ross 1933 Professor of Humanities in the Department of English Language and Literature.