Ruth Ozeki has a number of accolades under her belt: novelist, filmmaker, Zen Buddhist priest, and now Women’s Prize winner.
Her fourth novel, The Book of Form and Emptiness, was declared the victor at a ceremony in London earlier today. Ruth Ozeki was awarded a £30,000 prize, as well as a coveted bronze figurine called the “Bessie.”
Of the winning work, Chair of Judges Mary Ann Sieghart said:
In an extraordinary year for fiction written by women, and from an incredibly strong shortlist, we were thrilled to choose Ruth Ozeki’s The Book of Form and Emptiness, which stood out for its sparkling writing, warmth, intelligence, humour and poignancy. A celebration of the power of books and reading, it tackles big issues of life and death, and is a complete joy to read. Ruth Ozeki is a truly original and masterful storyteller.
So, if you haven’t already, you should probably consider this a sign to pick up this brilliant novel, or at the very least, to read this piece in which she dispenses very soothing writing advice.