Whatcom READS! 2016 Book Selection:


A Tale for the Time Being:  A Novel


By Ruth Ozeki


The 2016 Whatcom READS! selection is A Tale for the Time Being: A Novel, a brilliant, unforgettable book by best-selling author Ruth Ozeki. A novelist, filmmaker and Zen Buddhist priest, Ozeki also wrote My Year of Meats (1998) and All Over Creation (2003)

If you like really digging into a great book and enjoy discussing and exploring a book’s themes, you’re going to love Ozeki's most recent work: A Tale for the Time Being (2013). Kamikaze pilots, school bullying, Japanese culture, ocean currents, Zen Buddhism, journaling and many other thought-provoking topics are explored in A Tale for the Time Being.

What page are YOU on? 

Be sure to put this novel on your list to read soon! It is available in book, eBook, audio, large print, and downloadable versions at all public libraries in Whatcom County, and from your favorite local independent book store, Village Books!

Author visit

Ruth Ozeki is scheduled to visit Whatcom County March 3-5, 2016 at events throughout Whatcom County. All events free-of-charge and open to the public!

Thursday, March 3

  • 11:00 a.m. Book Discussion with Ruth Ozeki, Ferndale Library, Ferndale
  • 6:30 p.m. "Halving the Bones" Film Screening, Pickford Film Center, Bellingham (pre-film reception at 5:30 p.m.)

Friday, March 4

  • 1:30 p.m. Principles of Buddhism with Ruth Ozeki, YWCA Ballroom, Bellingham
  • 7:00 p.m. An Evening with Ruth Ozeki, Mount Baker Theatre, Bellingham

‚ÄčSaturday, March 5

  • 1:00 p.m. The Art and Craft of Writing, Wilson Library Reading Room, Western Washington University
  • 7:00 p.m. An Interview with Ruth Ozeki, Jansen Art Center, Lynden

Art Challenge submissions on display March 4-26

Whatcom READS! 2016 joins with Allied Arts of Whatcom County to sponsor an art challenge inspired by A Tale for the Time Being.  Art submitted will be displayed at the Allied Arts Gallery March 4-26. Read more

Other programs and events

Plans for events and programs centered around the themes of A Tale for the Time Being are under way now. More details to be announced in January 2016! 

Whatcom WRITES Anthology

Thank you to everyone who submitted to our annual Whatcom WRITES. Our anthology has been published and will be available at Village Books and all area libraries beginning in January 2016.   Read more


A time being is someone who lives in time, and that means you, and me, and
every one of us who is, or was, or ever will be."

~ A Tale for the Time Being ~


Ruth Ozeki’s wonderfully clever and vast-hearted "A Tale For The Time Being" is a turbulent story of two parts, told in counterpoint.... It manages to be at once tender and refined, comic and grave, hopeful and desperate. We loved its spirit, in several senses, and we are all Hello Kitty fans now.”

Robert Macfarlane, Chair of Judges, 2013 Man Booker Prize ~