A Reading & Conversation with Rivka Galchen & Ruth Ozeki, Sponsored by the Authors Guild

Michael A. Nutter Theater, Pennsylvania Convention Center, 100 Level
Saturday, March 26, 2022
3:20 pm to 4:35 pm


Rivka Galchen’s second novel Everyone Knows Your Mother Is a Witch was a finalist for the 2021 Atwood Gibson Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize. Her debut novel Atmospheric Disturbances won the William Saroyan International Prize for Writing and was named to best of the year lists by The New York Times, Salon.com, Slate, and more. Ruth Ozeki’s fourth novel The Book of Form and Emptiness was released in September 2021 and named a best book of the year by outlets including Time and The Guardian. Her 2013 novel A Tale for the Time Being won the Los Angeles Times Book Prize and the Dos Passos Prize and was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize and National Books Critics Circle Award. Moderated by Zachary Steele. This event will be prerecorded and available on the virtual conference platform, in addition to being screened onsite. ASL interpretation and captioning will be provided.



Moderator Zachary Steele, founder and executive director of Broadleaf Writers Association, is the author of three novels, including his latest, The Weight of Ashes. He was nominated for the Sidewise Award for Alternate Fiction and has been featured in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Publisher's Weekly, Writer's Magazine, Shelf Awareness, and City Lights with Lois Reitzes on NPR. Currently, he is hard at work on Jude, due out in 2023, as well as the first book in his upcoming fantasy series, The Fallen Hero.

Rivka Galchen is the award-winning author of five books, most recently the novel Everybody Knows Your Mother is a Witch, about the witch trial of the mother of the astronomer Johannes Kepler. She is also a staff writer for The New Yorker magazine, which in 2010 named her one of the "20 Under 40."

Ruth Ozeki is a novelist, filmmaker, and Zen Buddhist priest. She is the author of four novels, The Book of Form and Emptiness, My Year of Meats, All Over Creation, and A Tale for the Time Being, which won the LA Times Book Prize and was a finalist for the 2013 Booker Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award. Her fiction has been widely translated and published in over thirty countries. Her nonfiction work includes a memoir, The Face: A Time Code, and the documentary film, Halving the Bones. A longtime Buddhist practitioner, Ruth was ordained in 2010 and is affiliated with the Brooklyn Zen Center and the Everyday Zen Foundation. She lives in Massachusetts and teaches creative writing at Smith College, where she is the Grace Jarcho Ross 1933 Professor of Humanities.


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