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 during the first week of March 2016. Stay tuned for more details about dates when you will have a chance to hear Ruth Ozeki talk about A Tale for the Time Being at venues throughout Whatcom County.

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 later this year. Do you have some suggestions? Let us know!

Whatcom WRITES Annual Writing Contest

Have you struggled with difficult choices? Were the results different than you expected? Have your choices changed the course of your life in unexpected ways? "Choices" is the theme of Whatcom WRITES 2016, following the theme of choices and their impacts on the lives of the characters in A Tale for the Time Being. Whatcom WRITES 2016 submissions accepted through October 2015.  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 ~