Whatcom READS! is a county-wide program that encourages everyone to read and discuss the same book. It is organized by all the public and academic libraries in Whatcom County and our community partner, Village Books, with significant funding from Friends of the Bellingham Public Library and Whatcom County Library Foundation and support from other local businesses and organizations.
Each year, a new book is selected by Whatcom READS organizers. Community members are encouraged to read or listen to the book, share it with family, friends and neighbors, and participate in programs and special events that follow the themes in the book selection. Each series culminates with a visit by the author of the selected book, who makes numerous free-of-charge presentations at locations throughout the county.
The 2016 book selection is A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki. Buddhism, physics, school bullying, Japanese culture, ocean currents, and journaling are just some of the many thought-provoking topics Ruth Ozeki explores in her book. Throughout this brilliant, unforgettable novel, Ozeki intersperses humor and hope, historical detail and pop culture, exploration of the notion of self, and the relationship between readers and authors, weaving an inventive, beguiling story of our shared humanity and the search for home.
Ruth Ozeki will visit Whatcom County March 3-5 and will appear at six events, each distinctly different and offering opportunities to learn more about A Tale for the Time Being, her other writings, and aspects of her life and work. All events are free and open to the public.
Book Discussion with Ruth Ozeki
Thursday, March 3, 11:00 a.m., Ferndale Library
A facilitated discussion about A Tale for the Time Being with author Ruth Ozeki. Book signing after the program.
Halving the Bones Screening with Ruth Ozeki
Thursday, March 3, 6:30 p.m. (pre-screening reception at 5:30 p.m.), Pickford Film Center
Join Ruth Ozeki to view and discuss Halving the Bones, a film that she wrote, directed and produced. The film traces one hundred years of her maternal family history in a narrative and visual web of family lies and stories, home movies, and documentary footage. Tickets are free; available at the Pickford Film Center box office only. More information available on the Pickford Film Center website.
Principles of Buddhism with Ruth Ozeki & Tim Burnett
Friday, March 4, 1:30 p.m., YWCA Ballroom, 1026 N. Forest Street, Bellingham
Join bestselling author and Zen Buddhist priest Ruth Ozeki for a discussion of Buddhism and how it influences A Tale for the Time Being and her other creative work. Joining her is Tim Burnett, a Buddhist priest and director of the local Red Cedar Zen Community.
Keynote Event: An Evening with Ruth Ozeki
Friday, March 4, 7:00 p.m., Mount Baker Theatre Main Stage
Bestselling author Ruth Ozeki will talk about A Tale for the Time Being and her life as a novelist, filmmaker, and Zen Buddhist priest at this Whatcom READS keynote event. Book signing after the program. Seating is first-come, first-served. Lobby doors open at 6:00 p.m. with Main Stage seating by 6:30 p.m. More information at www.whatcomreads.org and on the Mount Baker Theatre website.
The Art and Craft of Writing with Ruth Ozeki
Saturday, March 5, 1:00 p.m., Wilson Library Reading Room, Western Washington University
Gain insight into the writing process as bestselling author Ruth Ozeki discusses the art and craft of writing, including tips and inspiration for writers of all levels.
An Interview with Ruth Ozeki
Saturday, March 5, 7:00 p.m., Jansen Art Center, Lynden
Paul Hanson, general manager at Village Books, will interview Ruth Ozeki, author of A Tale for the Time Being, about her life as a novelist, filmmaker and Zen Buddhist priest. Book signing after the program.