SPOTLIGHT: Popular novelists talk about their work at literary evening at WICA

Posted in Feature, Spotlight

March 12, 2013

Hedgebrook and Whidbey Island Center for the Arts present “An Evening with Hedgebrook Writers” as part of its Literary Series at the arts center in Langley at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 16.

Novelists Ruth Ozeki and Karen Joy Fowler come to Langley for the Hedgebrook Lit Series at WICA. (Photos courtesy of Hedgebrook)

Novelists Ruth Ozeki and Karen Joy Fowler come to Langley for the Hedgebrook Lit Series at WICA. (Photos courtesy of Hedgebrook)

Meet best-selling authors and Hedgebrook alums Ruth Ozeki and Karen Joy Fowler when they talk about their most recent books, “A Tale for the Time Being” by Ozeki and already on shelves and “We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves,” by Fowler, to be released in May. Both authors will have their characters come to life onstage with the aid of local actors who will present scenes from these new books.

The audience will also have the exclusive opportunity to ask the authors questions, while Hedgebrook Executive Director Amy Wheeler moderates a lively discussion with these writers about their work, their writing processes, career trajectories, and new works on the horizon. After a short Q&A with the audience, the authors will offer their books for sale and signing in the WICA lobby.

Ruth Ozeki is a filmmaker-turned-novelist-turned-Zen-Buddhist-priest. Her first novels, “My Year of Meats” and “All Over Creation,” were both New York Times Notable Books and garnered critical acclaim for their ability to integrate science, technology, environmental politics and global popular culture into unique hybrid narrative forms. A long-time meditator, Ozeki was ordained as a Soto Zen Buddhist priest in 2010.

“A Tale for the Time Being,” already has a spate of rave reviews from the New York Times, O Magazine and this one from the Washington Post.

Karen Joy Fowler is no slouch in the awards department either. She is the author of six novels and three short story collections, including “Sarah Canary,” which won the Commonwealth Medal for best, first novel by a Californian; “Sister Noon,” a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner; and “The Jane Austen Book Club,” a New York Times bestseller. Her story collection, “What I Didn’t See,” recently won the 2010 World Fantasy Award. A frequent teacher at the Squaw Valley and Clarion Workshops, Fowler has taught Hedgebrook Master Classes in fiction and storytelling. “We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves” will be released by Putnam in May.

Tickets are $8 and available at the WICA Ticket Office, (360) 221-8268 or (800) 638-7631, or online at

Find out more at the Hedgebrook website here.



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