Inprint, Houston’s premier literary arts nonprofit organization, presents a livestream event with Booker Prize finalist Ruth Ozeki on Monday, September 27, 7 pm CT as part of the 2021/2022 Inprint Margarett Root Brown Reading Series. Ozeki will give a brief reading from her new novel The Book of Form and Emptiness, which has been named a most anticipated book of the fall by Time, Vulture, Lit Hub, The Millions, Publishers Weekly, and Bookpage. The program will also include a conversation with Elizabeth McCracken, author of the novel The Giant’s House and the story collections Thunderstruck and The Souvenir Museum. This virtual event will be accessible from the Inprint website. General admission tickets are $30 and include a hardcover copy of The Book of Form and Emptiness. All season ticket holders will receive access to the event and a copy of the book as part of their subscription. To buy tickets or for more information, visit inprinthouston.org or call 713.521.2026.
Japanese American novelist Ruth Ozeki has been called “one of our era’s most compassionate and original minds” (Dave Eggers). Ozeki’s first two novels, My Year of Meats and All Over Creation, found an international audience and were selected as New York Times Notable Books. Her third novel A Tale for the Time Being was a finalist for the Booker Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award and has been published in more than 30 countries. “A comical-satirical-farcical-epical-tragical-romantical novel” (The Chicago Tribune) said to be filled with “mysteries to be solved and ideas to be explored” (The Washington Post), A Tale for the Time Being was the winner of the Los Angeles Times Book Prize and the Yasnaya Polyana Literary Award.
Ozeki joins us to read from and talk about her new novel The Book of Form and Emptiness, a poignant tale about grief, growing up, and the importance of our relationship to everyday objects. According to David Mitchell, “This compassionate novel of life, love, and loss glows in the dark . . . . If you’ve lost your way with fiction over the last year or two, let The Book of Form and Emptiness light your way home.” A starred Booklist Review adds, “This enthralling, poignant, funny, and mysterious saga, thrumming with grief and tenderness, beauty and compassion, offers much wisdom.” Ozeki’s nonfiction work includes the memoir The Face: A Time Code and the documentary film Halving the Bones, which was screened at MoMA, the Sundance Film Festival, and the Montreal World Film Festival. Ozeki is ordained as a Zen Buddhist priest and splits her time between Cortes Island, British Columbia, and New York, New York.
The series is presented by Inprint, a Houston-based nonprofit literary arts organization dedicated to inspiring readers and writers. Since 1980, the Inprint Margarett Root Brown Reading Series has featured nearly 400 of the world’s greatest writers from 37 countries, including winners of 12 Nobel Prizes, 64 Pulitzer Prizes, 57 National Book Awards, 51 National Book Critics Circle Awards, and 16 Booker Prizes, as well as 19 U.S. Poets Laureate. The series and Inprint receive generous underwriting support from The Brown Foundation, Inc., The Jerry C. Dearing Family Foundation, Houston Endowment, the City of Houston through the Houston Arts Alliance, and the Texas Commission on the Arts. The series is presented in association with Brazos Bookstore and the University of Houston Creative Writing Program.