Ruth Ozeki was born and raised in Connecticut, USA, and is an award-winning novelist and filmmaker.
Her third novel, A Tale for the Time Being won the 2013 Independent Booksellers Book Award and the Kitchies Red Tentacle Award, and was shortlisted for the Booker Prize 2013 and the National Book Critics Award for Fiction. She is also the author of My Year of Meats and All Over Creation. In June 2010 she was ordained as a Zen Buddhist priest. She divides her time between British Columbia and New York.