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Hedgebrook authors’ characters come to life, literally

March 11, 2013 · Updated 2:35 AM


Hedgebrook and Whidbey Island Center for the Arts present “An Evening with Hedgebrook Writers” as part of their Literary Series at WICA, 565 Camano Ave., Langley, at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 16. 

This is an opportunity to meet best-selling authors and connect with the Hedgebrook Women’s Writers Retreat.

Anyone who loves books, writers and great stories won’t want to miss an evening with Ruth Ozeki and Karen Joy Fowler as they read from their newly released books.

Both authors will have their characters come to life onstage with the aid of local actors who will present scenes from these new releases.

Be the first to hear a preview of Karen Joy Fowler’s latest book, “We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves.” Fowler’s book is out in May so attendees will have the exclusive opportunity to hear excerpts and ask the author questions.

Amy Wheeler, Hedgebrook’s executive director, will moderate a discussion with these writers about their work, writing processes, career trajectories and new works on the horizon.

After a short question period with the audience, the authors will sell their books which will be available for 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.

Viking Penguin is publishing her new novel, “A Tale for the Time Being,” and its release date is March 12. Be the first to experience Ozeki’s new book at WICA.

Karen Joy Fowler is the author of six novels and three short story collections. “Sarah Canary” won the Commonwealth medal for best first novel by a Californian; “Sister Noon” was a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner; and “The Jane Austen Book Club” was a New York Times bestseller.

Fowler’s collection, “What I Didn’t See,” recently won the 2010 World Fantasy Award.

A frequent teacher at the Squaw Valley and Clarion workshops, Fowler taught Hedgebrook Master Classes on fiction and storytelling.

She has a new novel coming out from Putnam in May entitled “We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves.”

Tickets cost $8 and are available by contacting the WICA Ticket Office at 360-221-8268 or 800-638-7631.

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