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Ruth Ozeki is an American-Canadian author, filmmaker and Zen Buddhist priest. Her books and films, including the novels My Year of Meats, All Over Creation, and A Tale for the Time Being, seek to integrate personal narrative and social issues, and deal with themes relating to science, technology, environmental politics, race, religion, war and global popular culture. Her novels have been translated into over thirty languages. She is a Professor of English Language and Literature at Smith College.

In 1985, Ozeki moved to New York City and began working as an art director and production designer for low-budget horror movies, including Mutant Hunt and Robot Holocaust. In 1988, she began working for Telecom Staff, a Japanese production company, coordinating, producing and directing documentary-style programs for Japanese TV. During this time, she directed episodes of See the World by Train and co-produced the pilot for the TV documentary miniseries Fishing With John, starring musician John Lurie and director Jim Jarmusch. Ozeki's first film, Body of Correspondence, made in collaboration with artist Marina Zurkow won the New Visions Award at the San Francisco Film Festival and was aired on PBS. Her second film, Halving the Bones, tells the autobiographical story of Ozeki’s journey as she brings her grandmother’s remains home from Japan. It was nominated for the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival, and screened at the Museum of Modern Art, the Montreal World Film Festival, and the Margaret Mead Film Festival, among others.

Ozeki's debut novel My Year of Meats, based on her work in Japanese television, tells the story of two women, living on opposite sides of the world, whose lives are connected by a TV cooking show. My Year of Meats was awarded the 1998 Kiriyama Prize and the 1998 Imus/Barnes & Noble American Book Award. Her second novel, All Over Creation, focuses on a potato-farming family in Idaho and an environmental activist group opposing the use of GMOs. Author Michael Pollan called All Over Creation "a smart compelling novel about a world we don’t realize we live in." All Over Creation received the 2003 WILLA Literary Award for Contemporary Fiction and the 2004 American Book Award from the Before Columbus Foundation.

Ozeki's most recent novel, A Tale for the Time Being tells the story of a mysterious diary written by a troubled schoolgirl in Tokyo that's washed ashore on the Pacific Northwest coast of Canada, in the wake of the 2011 Japanese earthquake and tsunami. The diary is discovered by a novelist named Ruth, who becomes obsessed with discovering the girl's fate. A Tale for the Time Being was awarded the 2013 Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Fiction, and named the first recipient of the 2015 Yasnaya Polyana Literary Award (founded by the Leo Tolstoy Museum & Estate and Samsung Electronics) for the Best Foreign Novel of the 21st century. The book has received several other national and international awards, and has been published in over thirty countries.

In her first work of personal nonfiction, The Face: A Time Code, Ozeki writes about a three-hour observation experiment she conducted, in which she studied her reflection in a mirror and kept a log of thoughts that arose during that time. The Face: A Time Code was published as part of Restless Books' groundbreaking series, The Face, featuring authors Tash Aw and Chris Abani.

From 1982-1985, Ozeki taught in the English department at Kyoto Sangyo University, and founded an English language school in Kyoto, Japan. Currently, she is a Professor of English Language and Literature at Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts.

Ozeki was ordained as a Soto Zen Buddhist priest in 2010; she practices Zen Buddhism with Zoketsu Norman Fischer. She is the editor of the website Everyday Zen.

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  • All Over Creation

  • My Year of Meats

  • The Japanese Way of Art and Film

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Ruth Ozeki Biography

Ruth Ozeki is an American-Canadian author, filmmaker and Zen Buddhist priest. Her books and films, including the novels My Year of Meats, All Over Creation, and A Tale for the Time Being, seek to integrate personal narrative and social issues, and deal with themes relating to science, technology, environmental politics, race, religion, war and global popular culture. Her novels have been translated into over thirty languages. She is a Professor of English Language and Literature at Smith College.

In 1985, Ozeki moved to New York City and began working as an art director and production designer for low-budget horror movies, including Mutant Hunt and Robot Holocaust. In 1988, she began working for Telecom Staff, a Japanese production company, coordinating, producing and directing documentary-style programs for Japanese TV. During this time, she directed episodes of See the World by Train and co-produced the pilot for the TV documentary miniseries Fishing With John, starring musician John Lurie and director Jim Jarmusch. Ozeki's first film, Body of Correspondence, made in collaboration with artist Marina Zurkow won the New Visions Award at the San Francisco Film Festival and was aired on PBS. Her second film, Halving the Bones, tells the autobiographical story of Ozeki’s journey as she brings her grandmother’s remains home from Japan. It was nominated for the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival, and screened at the Museum of Modern Art, the Montreal World Film Festival, and the Margaret Mead Film Festival, among others.

Ozeki's debut novel My Year of Meats, based on her work in Japanese television, tells the story of two women, living on opposite sides of the world, whose lives are connected by a TV cooking show. My Year of Meats was awarded the 1998 Kiriyama Prize and the 1998 Imus/Barnes & Noble American Book Award. Her second novel, All Over Creation, focuses on a potato-farming family in Idaho and an environmental activist group opposing the use of GMOs. Author Michael Pollan called All Over Creation "a smart compelling novel about a world we don’t realize we live in." All Over Creation received the 2003 WILLA Literary Award for Contemporary Fiction and the 2004 American Book Award from the Before Columbus Foundation.

Ozeki's most recent novel, A Tale for the Time Being tells the story of a mysterious diary written by a troubled schoolgirl in Tokyo that's washed ashore on the Pacific Northwest coast of Canada, in the wake of the 2011 Japanese earthquake and tsunami. The diary is discovered by a novelist named Ruth, who becomes obsessed with discovering the girl's fate. A Tale for the Time Being was awarded the 2013 Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Fiction, and named the first recipient of the 2015 Yasnaya Polyana Literary Award (founded by the Leo Tolstoy Museum & Estate and Samsung Electronics) for the Best Foreign Novel of the 21st century. The book has received several other national and international awards, and has been published in over thirty countries.

In her first work of personal nonfiction, The Face: A Time Code, Ozeki writes about a three-hour observation experiment she conducted, in which she studied her reflection in a mirror and kept a log of thoughts that arose during that time. The Face: A Time Code was published as part of Restless Books' groundbreaking series, The Face, featuring authors Tash Aw and Chris Abani.

From 1982-1985, Ozeki taught in the English department at Kyoto Sangyo University, and founded an English language school in Kyoto, Japan. Currently, she is a Professor of English Language and Literature at Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts.

Ozeki was ordained as a Soto Zen Buddhist priest in 2010; she practices Zen Buddhism with Zoketsu Norman Fischer. She is the editor of the website Everyday Zen.

Ruth Ozeki Videos

  • Ruth Ozeki on A Tale For the Time Being at 2016 AWP Conference ...
  • TEDxBrooklyn :: Ruth Ozeki :: Zen Meditation Kick-Off - YouTube
  • Ruth Ozeki interview - YouTube

Ruth Ozeki Books

Ruth Ozeki Speaking Topics

  • An Evening with Ruth Ozeki

  • A Tale for the Time Being

  • All Over Creation

  • My Year of Meats

  • The Japanese Way of Art and Film

FAQs on booking Ruth Ozeki

  • How to book Ruth Ozeki?

    Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Ruth Ozeki for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment for over 15 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers. Fill out a booking request form for Ruth Ozeki, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for Ruth Ozeki or any other celebrity of your choice.
  • How much does it cost to book Ruth Ozeki?

    Booking fees for Ruth Ozeki, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies according to the circumstances, including the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. Speaker fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Ruth Ozeki, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • Who is the agent for Ruth Ozeki?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Ruth Ozeki for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Ruth Ozeki for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service talent booking agency?

    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Ruth Ozeki or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Ruth Ozeki or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.

Ruth Ozeki is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics . The estimated speaking fee range to book Ruth Ozeki for your event is available upon request. Ruth Ozeki generally travels from New York, NY, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are MK Asante, Nelson George, Thea Monyee, Justine Simmons and Ursula Rucker. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Ruth Ozeki for an upcoming event.

Ruth Ozeki Speaker Videos

  • Ruth Ozeki on A Tale For the Time Being at 2016 AWP Conference ...
    TEDxBrooklyn :: Ruth Ozeki :: Zen Meditation Kick-Off - YouTube
  • Ruth Ozeki interview - YouTube
    Keynotes @ 34th Annual Conference on the First-Year Experience

Ruth Ozeki Speaking Topics

  • An Evening with Ruth Ozeki

  • A Tale for the Time Being

  • All Over Creation

  • My Year of Meats

  • The Japanese Way of Art and Film

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