One Book, One Mesa County events are plentiful though March 1 |

One Book, One Mesa County events are plentiful though March 1

Sharon Sullivan
The jacket cover of "A Tale for the Time Being," by Ruth Ozeki.
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One Book, One Mesa County events

• Sunday, Feb. 9, at 1:30 p.m. — Movie series: The film “Tokyo Godfathers”

• Tuesday, Feb. 11, at 3 p.m. — Clifton branch book discussion

• Tuesday, Feb. 11, at 6 p.m. – How-to Tuesday: Origami and calligraphy

• Thursday, Feb. 13, at 6 p.m. – Anime, manga, and Japanese youth culture

• Saturday, Feb. 15, at 2 p.m. – Orchard Mesa book discussion

• Sunday, Feb. 16, at 1:30 p.m. – Movie series featuring “Heathers”

• Tuesday, Feb. 18, at 6 p.m. – Walking with Buddha

• Thursday, Feb. 20, at 7 p.m.– Collbran branch book discussion

• Saturday, Feb. 22, at 10 a.m. – Fruita branch book discussion

• Sunday, Feb. 23, at 1:30 p.m.– Movie series featuring “Departures”

• Tuesday, Feb. 25, at 6 p.m. – Community book discussion

• Wednesday, Feb. 26, at 6 p.m.– A Literary Approach: “A Tale for the Time Being”

• Saturday, March 1, at 7 p.m. — Author Ruth Ozeki: Presentation and book-signing

SOURCE: Mesa County Libraries

Buddhism and natural disasters, along with Japanese culture and art, are among the themes that community members will explore during this year’s 10th annual 2014 One Book, One Mesa County event — “A Tale for the Time Being,” by Ruth Ozeki.

The story is set in the Pacific Northwest and is about a writer named Ruth who finds a teenage girl’s diary when it washes ashore inside a lunch box. It is suspected to be debris from the 2011 Japanese tsunami. The diary belongs to a troubled Tokyo schoolgirl, and its finder becomes obsessed with discovering the girl’s fate.

“A Tale for the Time Being” includes topics concerning “quantum mechanics, Zen meditation, computer science, climate change, and the nature of being,” a Mesa County Libraries news release said.

“We try every year to pick (a novel) that has themes the community can look into together and discuss,” One Book, One Mesa County volunteer co-chair Angie Allen said.

According to Allen, one of the ideas presented in this book is how life can be heading in one direction, and then a chance encounter can change one’s life completely.


The One Book committee reads 50 books over the course of a year (and looks at many more), before choosing the title for the community read.

“We have a litmus test,” Allen said. “If we are all just dying to talk about the book — and this book met that” — it’s a good choice.

The One Book committee was excited to learn that “A Tale for the Time Being” was selected as a shortlist finalist for the 2013 Man Booker Prize — months after the Grand Junction committee had made its choice.

“That’s a huge deal,” Allen said. “They list only six books (as finalists). It’s extremely prestigious.

“We already knew the book was something special. Clearly the (book award officials) saw the same things.”

Committee member Janine Rider said there were many things she liked about the book, one being that the novel is different from what the One Book committee has chosen in the past.

“It will get people thinking; plus it allows us some great programming opportunities,” Rider said.

Along with the book, the author is of great interest as well, Allen said. In addition to being a novelist, Ozeki is half Japanese, a filmmaker, and a Zen Buddhist Monk.

“I think she is going to be a compelling, fascinating speaker,” Allen said.

The author presentation and book-signing event is set for Saturday, March 1, at 7 p.m. in the Grand Junction High School Auditorium. In previous years, the author event has been held at the Avalon Theater, which is currently undergoing renovation.

All events are open to the public at no charge.

A complete schedule of 2014 One Book events is available in the One Book Guide found at all Mesa County Libraries locations. Information is also available at

“A Tale for the Time Being” is available from Mesa County Libraries in print and audio CD formats. Limited copies are also available in ebook and audio downloadable formats. The book is additionally available at Grand Valley Books, 350 Main St., Crystal Books and Gifts, 439 Main St., and Barnes and Noble Booksellers, 2451 Patterson Road.

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