What: Watermark Books & Café, in conjunction with Inprint, invite you to join bestselling author, Ruth Ozeki, for a special virtual event! During the event, Ruth will be discussing her newest book The Book of Form and Emptiness—A new novel about loss, growing up, and our relationship with things. Ruth will be joined in conversation by Elizabeth McCracken, author of The Souvenir Museum.
This is a ticketed event; each ticket comes with a signed (while supplies last) copy of The Book of Form and Emptiness. We will let you know when your books are available for in-store pickup and all other books will be shipped as instructed at check out.
When: Monday, September 27, 2021 at 7:00 p.m. (CT)
IMPORTANT EVENT DETAILS:
Your purchase of The Ruth Ozeki Event Ticket (available HERE) provides you access to the online event for one viewer and includes a signed (while supplies last) copy of The Book of Form and Emptiness. Prior to the event, you will receive an email from Watermark with information on how to join the event on September 27, 2021. If you have any questions, please email Madison Murphy at firstname.lastname@example.org
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About The Book of Form and Emptiness
A brilliantly inventive novel about loss, growing up, and our relationship with things
One year after the death of his beloved musician father, thirteen-year-old Benny Oh begins to hear voices. The voices belong to the things in his house—a sneaker, a broken Christmas ornament, a piece of wilted lettuce. Although Benny doesn't understand what these things are saying, he can sense their emotional tone; some are pleasant, a gentle hum or coo, but others are snide, angry and full of pain. When his mother, Annabelle, develops a hoarding problem, the voices grow more clamorous.
At first, Benny tries to ignore them, but soon the voices follow him outside the house, onto the street and at school, driving him at last to seek refuge in the silence of a large public library, where objects are well-behaved and know to speak in whispers. There, Benny discovers a strange new world. He falls in love with a mesmerizing street artist with a smug pet ferret, who uses the library as her performance space. He meets a homeless philosopher-poet, who encourages him to ask important questions and find his own voice amongst the many.
And he meets his very own Book—a talking thing—who narrates Benny’s life and teaches him to listen to the things that truly matter.
With its blend of sympathetic characters, riveting plot, and vibrant engagement with everything from jazz, to climate change, to our attachment to material possessions, The Book of Form and Emptiness is classic Ruth Ozeki—bold, wise, poignant, playful, humane and heartbreaking.
About Ruth Ozeki
Ruth Ozeki is a novelist, filmmaker, and Zen Buddhist priest. She is the award-winning author of three novels, My Year of Meats, All Over Creation, and A Tale for the Time Being, which was a finalist for the 2013 Booker Prize. Her nonfiction work includes a memoir, The Face: A Time Code, and the documentary film, Halving the Bones. She is affiliated with the Everyday Zen Foundation and teaches creative writing at Smith College, where she is the Grace Jarcho Ross 1933 Professor of Humanities.
About Elizabeth McCracken
Elizabeth McCracken is the author of seven books, including The Souvenir Museum, Bowlaway, Thunderstruck & Other Stories (winner of the 2014 Story Prize and long-listed for the National Book Award), and The Giant’s House (a National Book Award finalist). Her stories have appeared in Best American Short Stories, won three Pushcart Prizes, a National Magazine Award, and an O. Henry Prize. She has served on the faculty at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and currently holds the James Michener Chair for Fiction at the University of Texas at Austin.