Ruth Ozeki, whose latest novel, “A Tale for the Time Being,” is a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, will speak and sign copies of her book at the following California venues:

a tale for the time being• Wednesday, Jan. 22, at 7 p.m. at A Great Good Place for Books, 6120 LaSalle Ave., Oakland. Info:

• Thursday, Jan. 23, at 7:30 p.m. at Warwick’s, 7812 Girard Ave., La Jolla. Reserved seating available. Call (858) 454-0347 for details or to purchase. Info:

• Sunday, Jan. 26, at 2 p.m. at USC Pacific Asia Museum, 46 N. Las Robles Ave., Pasadena. RSVP to the Museum Store at (626) 449-2742, ext. 20. Info:

In Tokyo, 16-year-old Nao has decided there’s only one escape from her unhappy life. But before she ends it all, Nao plans to document the life of her great-grandmother, a Buddhist nun. Across the Pacific, Ruth, a novelist, discovers a collection of artifacts washed ashore in a lunchbox — possible debris from the 2011 tsunami. As the mystery unfolds, Ruth is pulled into the past, into Nao’s drama, and forward into her own future.

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