Everybody Reads 2023 Title Announcement

Thursday, September 01, 2022

Read, reflect and learn together

PORTLAND, Ore. - September 1, 2022 - Multnomah County Library is excited to announce the Everybody Reads 2023 reading selection, Ruth Ozeki’s award-winning novel A Tale for the Time Being

A Tale for the Time Being tells the story of two strangers, Ruth and Nao. In alternating chapters, the stories of Nao and Ruth unfold, and as they do, Ozeki addresses questions about the nature of time, existence and identity. Ozeki’s novel addresses themes of bullying, loneliness, and compassion. Through these intersecting stories, Ozeki explores ideas of quantum physics, mythology and connection.

Ruth Ozeki is a novelist, filmmaker and Zen Buddhist priest. Her books have garnered international acclaim for the way they integrate issues of science, technology, religion, environmental politics and global pop culture.

Everybody Reads is a community-wide reading project that brings together people across Multnomah County to read the same book at once. In partnership with Literary Arts and The Library Foundation, Everybody Reads is an opportunity to connect, discuss and engage.

In 2023, the library will host a series of events for people of all ages to explore the book's themes of time and how we are linked together by common and uncommon human experiences. Books will be available for free at all neighborhood libraries beginning January 2023. Teachers around the county can also apply to receive books for their classrooms

The final event, “An Evening with Ruth Ozeki,” will occur on Thursday, March 16, 2023 at 7:30 pm, at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall. Tickets are now available from Literary Arts.

Everybody Reads 2023 is made possible by gifts to The Library Foundation with author appearances made possible by Literary Arts