‘One Book…’ finale nears

Ruth Ozeki’s book “A Tale for the Time Being” was chosen for One Book, One Mesa County 2014.

A powerful novel that examines the connection of two people who will never meet has brought together community members this past month for the 10th annual One Book, One Mesa County reading program.

The reading program will culminate for 2014 with a visit from Ruth Ozeki, author of “A Tale for the Time Being” that was title chosen for One Book. The event, during which Ozeki will speak and sign her books, will begin at 7 p.m. Saturday in Grand Junction High School auditorium, 1400 N. Fifth St. Doors will open at 6 p.m. and admission is free.

The connection between Ozeki’s characters in the book begins with a lunch box that washes up on a beach in the Pacific Northwest, suspected to be debris from the 2011 Japanese tsunami, a news release says.

“The lunch box contains a diary written by a troubled Tokyo schoolgirl and its finder, a novelist named Ruth, becomes obsessed with discovering the girl’s fate.”

In the book, Ozeki, who is also an ordained Soto Zen priest, and filmmaker, contemplates quantum mechanics, Zen meditation, computer science, climate change and the nature of being.

“A Tale for the Time Being” is available from Mesa County Libraries in print and audio CD formats and limited copies are available in e-book and audio downloadable formats. The book also can be purchased at local bookstores.

Call 243-4442 for information.


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