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Ruth Ozeki: The Book of Form and Emptiness

Ruth Ozeki has a gift for identifying the most pressing and complicated issues of our time, and using fiction to quiet them. Not to shield us from their impact, but to provide the space for deep contemplation.

In her new novel, The Book of Form and Emptiness, a young boy grieving the loss of his father notices the objects around him beginning to talk, expressing their anger or distress. Escaping the clamour of his home life, he seeks refuge in the silence of the public library. In this sanctuary of whispers, his own book reaches out to him.

Join the Man Booker Prize-shortlisted Ozeki as she discusses her vivid and compassionate new novel, and considers what it means to come of age in an increasingly cacophonous world, in conversation with host of ABC Radio National’s The Bookshelf, Kate Evans.

The online bookseller for this event is Hill of Content

This event takes place online and is available on demand from Tuesday 9 November  6.30pm AEDT, until Tuesday 16  November 5pm AEDT.

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Portrait of Ruth Ozeki

Ruth Ozeki

Ruth Ozeki was born and raised in Connecticut by an American father and a Japanese mother. She is a novelist, filmmaker and Zen Buddhist priest whose books have garnered international acclaim. 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 30 countries.

Portrait of Kate Evans

Kate Evans

Kate Evans is co-host of ABC Radio National’s The Bookshelf (and Book Club). She has a PhD in history and lives surrounded by teetering piles of books.

Postcards From Abroad

When we’ve been apart for so long, there’s a lot to catch up on. We’re reopening the borders of the written word and reigniting global cultural conversation, with a series of longform video postcards, featuring the most exciting names in international literature. 

In these intimate conversations, the world’s boldest creative voices discuss their latest books and projects. Be transported to far-flung places, be exposed to unfamiliar perspectives, and discover new ideas.


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